By LE Desk

New Delhi, May 12: The Delhi High Court has adjourned hearing on the quality of the quarantine centre at Sultanpuri over unpaid court fees.

The PIL in the Delhi High Court claimed that the quarantine centre at Sultanpuri for Covid-19 patients is “unhygienic”, “uninhabitable” and lacks medical professionals to monitor them.

A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh yesterday did not pass any order as the court fees had not been paid by the petitioner, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Advocate Kanwalpreet Kaur representing the petitioner said, “We couldn’t pay because the link was not working.”

Chief Justice DN Patel said, “You’re paying more money to get the plea typed. I’ve seen for the last 15 days that people are not paying court fees. Why are people not paying court fees? I checked this morning everything is working. You first pay court fees then we will hear,” India Today reported.

The court said it will take up the matter only after the court fee is paid and listed the matter for hearing on May 17.

The petitioner-student has said in her plea that she tested Covid-19 positive while staying on the JNU campus and since there was no quarantine facility on the university premises, she was transferred to the Sultanpuri Isolation Centre.

The petitioner said she had to stay at Sultanpur centre for three days. “Conditions are so pathetic that patients are at risk. The toilets and bedsheets are not clean. No doctors, nurses were present. The place is not sanitised, no hygiene is maintained.”

“Many people in Delhi can’t isolate at home because homes are small or crowded. But these quarantine centres are uninhabitable. People suffering from Covid need utmost care. No nutritious food is provided to the patients. Guidelines of the WHO and MOHFW are flouted,” she said.

“To the utter shock of the petitioner who had tested Covid-19 and was suffering from fever, acute body ache and weakness, the quarantine centre was unhygienic and no facilities were given to the patients,” the petition has alleged.

During her four day of stay at the centre, she found that “patients at the quarantine facility were suffering severely not only on account of their illness but also due to the negligence of the government authorities in providing them with basic facilities like sanitation, food, medicines, clean mattresses and blankets, regular doctor visits, proper monitoring of oxygen, etc”.

She has also alleged in her plea that “not a single person visits these wards, be it a doctor, nurse or any ward officials”.

“The patients manage everything on their own. No doctor or a nurse visits the patients to check their vitals, temperature and oxygen levels. All of them have to come to the ground floor of the building to get checked and to obtain basic medicines,” she added.

“Most of the time, the patients have to wait in a line, sometimes even for an hour in the scorching sun to obtain basic medicines,” the petition has further claimed.

The petitioner has sought the appointment of a court commissioner to visit the quarantine facility at Sultanpuri and issuance of directions to the Delhi government “to follow the recommendation issued by WHO and the guidelines issued by NCDC for implementing quarantine”.

https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/delhi/story/sultanpuri-quarantine-centre-delhi-hc-court-fees-1801300-2021-05-11

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