SC dismisses plea not to identify religion or caste in Covid-19 cases

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/25/2020 11:30:30 PM

NEW DELHI, Sep 25: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition for directions to the Centre and Delhi Government not to identify persons by religion or caste in case of Coronavirus or epidemic disease as done in case of the Tablighi Jamaat conclave in Nizamuddin here in March.
A Bench headed by Justice Asho Bhushan refused to entertain the petition by two Delhi resident, which also sought identification of the organisations, website and media organisations disseminating such information, remove the offending material from the Internet and take action under the Information Technology Act since it spread communal hatred and created problems to the public order.
The petition was in the context of the Tablighi Jammat congregation that made national headlines and certain sections of the media reported it with "communal colour" instead of exercising restraint.
The plea referred to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation here in March this year and said the incident had made national headline and certain section of media, instead of exercising restraint, reported it with "communal colour".
"The unfortunate incident of the Tablighi Jamaat was being used to demonise and blame the entire Muslim community and this Tablighi Jamaat story is just another way of the government to distract with its own policy failures," the petition said, noting how it was dubbed as a key source of the Covid-19 spread in the country since many if its participants travelled to various parts of the country for missionary works.
The plea claimed several videos and fake news were circulated on different social media platforms which resulted in "vilification" of the Muslim community because of its religious identity and even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spread it in tweets with the handle of "Masjid Markaz."



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