On Wednesday, Delhi High Court declared that a vehicle is considered a public place, and therefore it is compulsory to wear a mask in a private car even if the driver is alone in the car.

With this, the court also dismissed 4 petitions against the fine collection in cars when the mask-less drivers were found. Justice, Pratibha M Singh said that a mask acts as Suraksha Kavach to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

The order said, “Wearing of a mask in a vehicle, which may be occupied by either a single person or multiple persons, is compulsory in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The court also reproved the petitions’ lawyers who are against the compulsory mask rule. While dismissing the petitions, the court observed that if the lawyers get along with the rules, common people will be encouraged to do and follow the same.

Noting the recent outbreak of the pandemic, the court also said that multiple doctors, researchers, and experts are emphasizing the need to wear masks. One must wear a mask even after vaccination, said the court.

Advocate Saurabh Sharma filed a petition in November 2020 against the challan of Rs 500 and sought compensation of Rs 10 lakh. Then too, the Delhi government mentioned that a personal vehicle is a public zone.

In the backdrop of a fresh surge in the Capital, the ruling comes. The government imposed a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in the city. Delhi reported 5,100 new infections on Tuesday, which is the highest so far in this year.


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