Chandigarh, September 4: For preventing the swapping of bodies, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday asked the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to consider suggestions on the disposal of bodies of COVID-19 victims.

The direction by the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli came on a PIL filed by advocate HC Arora, The Tribune reported. He was seeking the review of the Centre’s guidelines on the disposal of bodies of COVID victims. 

Arora said he had already submitted a representation suggesting that covers for carrying the bodies of victims should not be opaque, but transparent at a corner for safe ‘antim darshan’ or last glance of the body. It would also prevent swapping of bodies.

Additional Solicitor General of India Satya Pal Jain said the suggestions would be considered by the Centre, and incorporated into the guidelines issued from time to time for dealing with COVID, if found practical.

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