Legal notice asks govt to implement HC order to put overseas returnees on 14-day quarantine

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:17, Apr 13,2021


A Supreme Court lawyer on Monday served a legal notice on the ministers and secretaries of the home, health and civil aviation and tourism ministries and the Cabinet Division to implement within 24 hours a High Court order issued on March 19, 2020 asking them to put people coming from abroad on 14 days of quarantine in shelter homes.

The lawyer, Md Eunus Ali Akand, in the notice said that he would file a petition in the High Court seeking a contempt of court ruling against the respondents for non-compliance of the directive.

The notice said that the respondents failed to comply with the directive in one year as they had not submitted a compliance report till date.

The court in its order asked the home ministry to deploy members of the law enforcement agencies at airports to escort overseas returnees to shelter homes for putting them on quarantine.

The court also asked the health and family welfare ministry to conduct necessary COVID 19 test and provide treatment and medicines, if necessary, to the inmates of the shelter homes.

The court asked the cabinet secretary to monitor the welfare of the inmates so long they would stay in the shelter homes.

All the respondents were asked to submit separate compliance reports to the High Court by April 16, 2020 but no compliance reports have been filed till date, said the legal notice.

The government on Sunday imposed a ban all international flights to and from Bangladesh for a week from April 14.

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