Delhi HC refuses to allow outdoor sports activities amid COVID-19

The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to allow outdoor sporting activities in the nation’s capital amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the Delhi Disaster Management Authority should be allowed to do its job. Justice V Kameswar, who was dealing with a petition against the ban on such activities due to the third wave, observed that there was no reason to proceed with the petition as the DDMA was due to hold its meeting on 4 February to further examine the situation. .

The judge also said that the restricted opening of shopping malls and movie theaters cannot compare to the prayer sought in this case, as the former provided jobs for people associated with that industry.

“The petitioner wants to play. The comparison we are trying to make with shopping centres, etc. must be seen from a different angle. They are sources of employment. The petitioner wants to play tennis. You won’t see it that way. They provide sustenance and employment for those attached to them,” the court observed.

The court said the DDMA is “investigating the matter” and that a directive allowing outdoor sporting activities “cannot be at the request of the petitioner who wants to play”.

The court closed the petition and declared that the petitioner would be within his rights to raise his grievances in the future.
“Come back (after DDMA considered). Let the authority do its job,” the judge said.

Delhi government lawyer Satyakam argued that the issue of permitting outdoor sporting activities should be left to the DDMA, which was due to meet on February 4.

He said the DDMA, which is headed by the lieutenant governor and made up of various senior state officials, meets regularly to make decisions regarding the management of COVID-19 in the nation’s capital based on several parameters. and documents. .

Petitioner Atul Singh’s lawyer argued that there is no reason why non-contact outdoor sports activities should not be allowed while movie theatres, malls, restaurants etc. were allowed to operate at 50% capacity. He said there was a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as the positivity rate and that the ban on outdoor sports affected several sportsmen.

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