The Bombay Excessive Court docket on Friday stated the Mumbai civic company has energy to designate any cemetery or burial floor for disposal of our bodies of COVID-19 victims and famous there was no scientific research to point out that the novel coronavirus spreads by way of cadavers.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde made the observations whereas dismissing a bunch of petitions difficult an April 9 round issued by the BMC designating 20 burial grounds and cemeteries right here for disposing of our bodies of individuals who died as a result of COVID-19.
The courtroom famous that the round issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) was in consonance with legislation and the civic company had all authority and energy to designate burial grounds and cemeteries to get rid of our bodies of such sufferers.
The bench added the company and different authorities involved shall must comply with the rules prescribed by the Authorities of India and the World Well being Organisation (WHO) for secure disposal of our bodies contaminated with COVID-19.
There isn’t a scientific knowledge to point out that COVID-19 can unfold by way of a lifeless physique, the bench stated whereas dismissing the petitions.
On one petition filed by a suburban Bandra resident, Pradeep Gandhy, difficult the BMC’s choice to bury COVID- 19 contaminated our bodies on the Bandra Kabrastan (burial floor), the courtroom stated this was a match case to impose exemplary value on the petitioner but it surely was refraining from doing so contemplating the continued pandemic.
The BMC had earlier this week informed the courtroom in an affidavit that the coronavirus doesn’t unfold by way of corpses and that it was scrupulously following the rules prescribed for disposal of such our bodies.
Advocate Pratap Nimbalkar, showing for Bandra Kabrastantrustees, had additionally opposed Mr Gandhy’s plea and argued that due diligence is carried out earlier than disposing of our bodies and the petitioners haven’t set out any scientific reasoning to point out the virus spreads by way of lifeless our bodies.
Mr Nimbalkar had cited a March 15 notification issued by the Union Ministry of Well being and Household Affairs on tips on COVID-19 lifeless physique administration which say that transmission of the viral an infection is thru droplets.
The notification says that there’s unlikely to be an elevated threat of COVID-19 an infection from a lifeless physique to anybody if customary precautions are adopted whereas disposal, Mr Nimbalkar had argued.