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HC grants bail to Mira Road resident, held for obstructing COVID-19 Medical team

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to a Mira Road resident arrested for obstructing a Medical Team collecting data on COVID-19 from his residential society.

The court also directed him to deposit Rs 10,000 in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for coronavirus.

Justice Bharati Dangre was hearing a bail plea filed by Zafar Jamal Khan via video-conferencing. Zafar Jamal was arrested by the Naya Nagar Police on March 31 for allegedly assaulting and obstructing a medical team that visited his society Medtiya Heritage in Medtiya Nagar to collect data in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zafar Jamal is the secretary of the society. The medical team was there to inspect whether there was any person who had travelled from Qatar. One positive case with travel history was found in that building.

The accused person, Zafar Khan created obstruction and persuaded other members of the society to not share any information with the team. However, the petition said being apprehensive of outsiders entering the society due to the lockdown, Khan demanded that they show their identity cards and authority letter for the same. Nevertheless, the team insisted that they are let inside. This lead to heated arguments.

The police later arrested the accused and booked him under Indian Penal Code Sections 188, 269 and 353. He was also charged under the Disaster Management Act Section 51(B).

After perusing the FIR, Justice Dangre noted that a case under section 353 is not made out against the accused. The court also observed that the other sections under which the accused is booked and arrested are bailable. Honourable Dangre declared the action as an ‘unfortunate’ act.

Deposit to CM Relief Fund

“The applicant had behaved irresponsibly. Particularly, when every citizen of this country is expected to co-operate with those rendering essential services. He is directed to deposit an amount of Rs 10,000 in the CM’s Relief Fund after his release,” said Justice Bharati Dangre in her order.

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