At, High Court of Judicature at Madras
By, THE HONOURABLE DR. JUSTICE VINEET KOTHARI & THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE R. SURESH KUMAR
For the Petitioner: T.S. Rajamohan, Advocate. For the Respondents: Jayaprakash Narayanan, Government Pleader.
(Prayer: Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India praying for a Writ of MANDAMUS directing the respondents to devise and formulate proper rules and regulations as regards manufacture, quality control, specification, pricing, usage and disposal of face masks by public at large besides school going/college students within the time frame to be stipulated by this Court.)
Dr. Vineet Kothari, J.
Heard the Learned Counsel for the Petitioner.
2. The learned counsel for the Petitioner raised an issue of usage of face mask by the people of State of Tamil Nadu and he has submitted that despite the fact that World Health Organization, Central Government and other State Governments have issued comprehensive guidelines for the usage and disposal of face masks during COVID period, the State of Tamil Nadu has not issued any separate G.O., or guidelines, in this regard and there is abuse and huge waste of such disposed masks which is causing various issues and therefore, the present Public Interest Litigation is filed by the petitioner.
3. Issue Notice to the Respondents.
4. Let all the Respondents file their counter to the petition. The State Government is directed to file a Status Report and the Guidelines with regard to the Manufacture, distribution, sale, supply, pricing, Quality Control, Specifications, Usage and Disposal of Fac
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e Masks, if any, issued by the State Government. Three weeks period is allowed to file the Status Report. 5. List the matter after three weeks.