Coronavirus Outbreak: Complaint against aviation mnister Hardeep Singh Puri in Bihar court alleging negligence in passenger screening at airports

A criminal complaint was filed against Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a court in Bihar on Saturday citing alleged negligence in the screening of passengers at airports amid the coronavirus outbreak

Press Trust of India March 24, 2020 10:48:29 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Complaint against aviation mnister Hardeep Singh Puri in Bihar court alleging negligence in passenger screening at airports

Muzaffarpur: A criminal complaint was filed against Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a court in Bihar on Saturday citing alleged negligence in the screening of passengers at airports amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The complaint was filed by a social activist, Tamanna Hashmi, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mukesh Kumar.

Coronavirus Outbreak Complaint against aviation mnister Hardeep Singh Puri in Bihar court alleging negligence in passenger screening at airports

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The matter will come up for hearing on 31 March.

According to news reports, neither the passengers at the airports are being examined properly nor the staff deployed for examining passengers are using masks or hand gloves, Hashmi said in his complaint.

Statements of passengers coming from foreign countries show negligence both on part of Puri and his ministry in tackling an infectious disease like coronavirus, the complaint stated.

The minister has "completely failed" in preventing the spread of coronavirus at the airports across the country due to his ministry's inability to have a proper examination of passengers, it alleged.

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Hashmi filed the complaint under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including that for causing death by negligence.

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