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Delhi HC seeks govt reply on Covid testing guidelines for homeless with mental health issues

The court sought replies on a petition claiming the lack of guidelines on Covid testing for people with mental health problems has not been taken seriously.

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court asked the Centre and the AAP government on Thursday to reply to a PIL seeking directions to them to issue guidelines for COVID-19 testing of mentally ill homeless persons in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to them seeking their stand on the plea by a lawyer alleging a “casual approach” on the part of the Delhi government, particularly its Chief Secretary, while dealing with issues of health of homeless persons with mental illness.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 9.

Advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal claimed in his petition that the Delhi government has not taken seriously the lack of guidelines with respect to COVID-19 testing of mentally ill homeless persons.

He said the high court had on June 9 directed it to address the grievances raised by him in another PIL with regard to mentally ill homeless persons in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policy.

He said that on June 13 he also sent a representation to the Chief Secretary of Delhi government for providing treatment to mentally ill homeless persons in the national capital who have no residence proof.

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