New Delhi (ILNS): A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an order to strike down the operation of the Epidemic Act as unconstitutional under Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.
The petition has been filed by Advocate Harshal Mirashi who is the president of an organization named ‘SOWLI’ (Social Organization for Welfare, Liberty and Integration).
The petitioner has submitted that “Since 1897 the Epidemic Act of India 1897 has basically violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution of India.”
The Petitioner has further contended that the Act has explicitly violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution which are the pillars of the Constitution of India and are guardians of democracy.
Furthermore, the petitioner has submitted that “there is serious threat to fundamental rights because of erratic implementation of the Epidemic Act of India. This Act has tied hands, tied lips, tied breath, tied legs and tied everything of the Citizen of this Country.”
Suspecting the panic created by the pandemicthe petitioner has submitted that “the Pandemic appears to be a swindle against common man of this country, who blindly believes in the allopathic medical treatment. The media, State machinery and the medical faculty have conspired to blow fear of this virus known as COVID-19 drastically out of proportion to make wrongful profit out of the fear generated and percolated by them. There is an ulterior motive, though entire world has been hit by this pandemic every untoward incident gives reason to disbelief the role players. The common man has a strong doubt of the authenticity of this so called “CORONA” virus. Especially, when there are instances of people getting cured without any medicine or treatment. In view of the above proportion why not the Government may show cause as to projecting CORONA virus as a Pandemic under this antique ancient law.”