Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed four petitions which challenged the collection of fine in cars when the drivers were found without a mask.
The court stated that it is mandatory to wear a mask in a private car even when the driver is alone in the car, as a vehicle is considered a public place.
The bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh said that mask acts as Suraksha Kavach, preventing the spread of the deadly virus.
“Wearing of a mask of a face cover 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 order stated.
While dismissing the petitions, the court also upbraided the lawyers challenging the mandatory mask rule.
“If the lawyers comply with the rules, common people will be encouraged to follow the same.” the court observed.
It also said that right at the outbreak of the pandemic, several experts, doctors, and researchers emphasized the need to wear masks. Even after vaccination, one must not do away with the masks, the court said, adding that immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic, it was reiterated that wearing a mask is of paramount importance.
In November 2020, advocate Saurabh Sharma filed a petition against the challan of Rs. 500 and sought a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs, the Delhi government maintained that a personal vehicle is not a private zone.