HC rejects plea to allow outdoor sports activities in Delhi

New Delhi, February 3 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Thursday rejected a plea seeking permission for outdoor sporting activities in the city and asked the petitioner to let the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) consider the situation at its meeting of Friday.

On hearing the petition, a bench of Judge V. Kameswar said that the DDMA was looking into the matter and that a direction allowing outdoor sports activities could not be at the request of the petitioner “who wants to play”.

Lawyer Atul Singh, who appeared for the petitioner, argued that there is a decline in Covid cases in the nation’s capital and that business activities such as the operation of restaurants, movie theaters and malls commercials are allowed.

However, the court observed that it cannot compare the demand with the opening of shopping malls and movie theaters as it provides jobs for people associated with this industry.

During the hearing, Attorney Satyakam, appearing on behalf of the city government, argued that the issue of licensing outdoor sports activities should be left to the DDMA.

The DDMA called a virtual meeting on February 4 to discuss Covid restrictions amid declining cases in the nation’s capital. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will chair the meeting, which will be attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among others, at noon.

He is expected to make a decision on reopening schools as well as easing other Covid restrictions in the city, including the nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

At its January 27 meeting, the weekend curfew and even-odd formula for shops in the market were lifted. Bars, restaurants and cinemas have also been allowed to reopen with 50% capacity in the city. The DDMA also capped the number of people attending the wedding in the nation’s capital at 200 at the meeting.

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