The High Court of Patna has sought a reply from the State Government on a petition alleging poor quarantine conditions at the quarantine centers which have been mandated to be used by the migrant workers to quarantine themselves after their return from different parts of the Country.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Karol was hearing a petition filed by Rajiv Ranjan Pandey, a resident of Saran District alleging that the Government was keeping no check on the movement of persons quarantined at the centres and also the quality of the food served was not of the desired level.
Additional Solicitor General, SD Sanjay submitted that the Centre had already taken measures and no interference was required at the quarantine centres.
Additional Advocate General PN Shahi appearing for the state Government submitted that the state Government will first ascertain the facts and then respond accordingly.
The bench has directed the Secretary of the Department of Disaster Management Relief to file a detailed report by May 18 having regard to the fact that the State had the highest population density in the country and lack of management at the quarantine centres could lead to an increase in the cases of COVID 19 in the state.
-India Legal Bureau