The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Monday has put Salman Khan’s brothers and Bollywood actor-producer Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Khan and his nephew Nirvaan Khan under institutional quarantine at Taj Lands End hotel in Mumbai.The civic authority has registered a case against them for violating Covid-19 guidelines.
The FIR has been registered at the Khar Police Station, where Mumbai police have booked the trio under Epidemic Act, 1897 and Disaster Management Act, 2005 on the complaint of Dr Sanjay Funde, BMC medical officer.
Arbaaz, Sohail and Nirvaan arrived from Dubai but instead of quarantining at a facility, they went straight to their home, the police said.
The FIR stated that Arbaaz and Sohail arrived on December 25, while Nirvaan arrived on December 30. The officials said while leaving the airport, they told the authorities that they would quarantine at a hotel for seven days. But they cancelled their bookings on December 26 and went to their residence instead. The three of them were supposed to go for seven-day institutional quarantine as per Covid-19 guidelines.
According to BMC, once they complete their quarantine, an RT PCR test will be conducted to ensure that they are not affected by the deadly virus. The civic body also clarified that they will have to bear the expenses of their accomodation and the tests.
On the other hand, Sohail khan was quoted saying that their Covid-19 tests were conducted at the airport which came out negative, hence they headed to home directly.
The health ministry has made it mandatory for people returning from abroad to undergo a seven day institutional quarantine. The Covid-19 norms have become stricter after emergence of a new strain which is more transmissible than other SARS-CoV-2 variants.
After the new coronavirus scare, the BMC had issued guidelines for all passengers arriving from the UK, Europe and the Middle East to go for a 14-day quarantine. Of the 14 days, seven have to be institutional with RT PCR tests and rest have to be at home.