CASE AT HAND
- Recently, many affected people have been resorting to social media to seek assistance in procurement of resources
- Celebrities and social media influencers have also lent a voluntary hand in compiling real-time information on availability of resources and sharing toolkits for the masses.
- Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat was hearing the suo moto case taken by the Supreme Court to deal with COVID19 related issues(In Re Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services during Pandemic).
THE COURT SUBMISSIONS
- In this case the Supreme Court on Friday stated that, “there should not be any coercive action against any citizen for putting out an SOS call on social media seeking medical help for COVID.”
- Court said that contempt action will be taken against police officers who clampdown on citizens who ventilate their grievances with respect to COVID-19 on public platforms.
- The Punjab and Haryana High Court also remarked that the social media is doing a good job in reaching out to people in urgent medical needs.
- The Court warned that it will initiate contempt proceedings against such officers found to be clamping down any such information.
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