The High Court of Karnataka has directed the court staff including the officers and officials to mandatorily follow the directions and Advisories issued in the wake of COVID-19. Any breach on part of any official would be considered a misconduct and the officers would be liable for the same, and action would be taken against them according to the Rules.
The officers who will be rejoining their duties now, and had been on leave or left the headquarters before March 24th, will have to get examined by the Doctors in the High Court dispensary. The officials will also have to be ready to be compulsarily home quarantined for a period of 14 days, as per advice of the medical officer.
The Circular dated May 8th reads :
“As per the Instructions/Advisory issued along with this office notification dated 21.04.2020 and the directions issued by the Hon’ble Committee constituted to monitor the implementation of the Advisory issued by the High Court of Karnataka for containment of COVID-19 in respect of Staff of High Court including Benches and District Judiciary, the officers and officials of this office are hereby directed to strictly follow the Instructions/Advisory issued along with the office notification dated 21.04.2020 and any breach of the same would be treated as ‘misconduct’ which would attract action as per Rules.”
-India Legal Bureau