A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday against the sealing of the borders of Delhi for a week by the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi Government. The petitioner, advocate Kushagra Kumar, has argued that the Order of Delhi government is an illogical, irrational, unreasonable, and unconstitutional Order.
“This Order is violative of Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution. Delhi being the national capital of the country, the centrally funded hospitals like AIIMS, etc. are in Delhi. By sealing the borders, the Delhi Government is taking away the rights of those working in Delhi and staying in NCR like Noida and Gurugram to avail the health facilities of Delhi,” says the petition.
It further adds that the citizens in other states like UP and Haryana are also denied the basic right to access the central hospitals in Delhi.
Maintaining that is unconstitutional to deny the citizens of this country working in Delhi and staying in NCR and citizens residing in any other states the right to treatment, the petition says that “in India, we do not have dual citizenship. Everyone is a citizen of this country and everyone has the right to reside in any place and avail the medical facilities in any place(s) –which she/he can afford”.
The case is listed on June 4, 2020 for hearing. On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that borders of Delhi are being sealed for one week amid a worrying surge in COVID-19 cases.
He said that only those people providing essential services and holding government-approved e-passes will be allowed to cross. Government employees holding valid ID cards will also be allowed to cross.
“The moment we open the borders, people from across the country will come to Delhi for treatment. Delhi hospitals should be reserved for the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal announced.
Delhi has nearly 20,000 coronavirus cases so far, with 473 deaths linked to the virus.