On-the-spot fines for breeding mosquitoes, increase fines, Delhi HC suggests to government – Henry Club

The Delhi High Court has said that instead of issuing challans, the Delhi government should seriously consider the proposal of imposing spot fines for breeding mosquitoes to ensure immunity among the people in the national capital. The court had initiated the case last year taking suo motu cognizance of the increase in dengue cases.

“We are also of the view that where institutions are found guilty of such conduct, the quantum of fine should not be limited to Rs 5,000 only, but should be fixed at Rs 50,000. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh said in an order, “GNCTD will examine these aspects at the highest level and reply on the next date.”

While the erstwhile NDMC had proposed to increase the fine from Rs 500 to Rs 50,000 and suggested imposition of fine on the spot, the Delhi government told the court that its proposal to increase it to Rs 5,000 was under way, saying that its There is no offer. For fine on the spot.

The court expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s proposal, saying, “If the fine is not imposed on the spot, the effectiveness of the system of imposing fine as a deterrent will be completely eroded. The challaning of those found guilty of allowing breeding of mosquitoes on their premises will lead to an explosion of such cases in the courts, and bear the existing heavy burden that subordinate courts have to bear.

The court passed the order in a suo motu case initiated by it last year to monitor the steps being taken to control the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue in the national capital. It noted that the penalty for breeding mosquitoes is low and the law may need to be amended to increase it.

On the implementation of common protocols developed by municipal bodies to control the spread of these diseases, the Bench observed that the overall responsibility should lie with the Municipal Commissioner who would coordinate with the Deputy Health Officer.

“We direct that DHOs in municipal corporations; The CMO in NDMC, and Assistant Health Officer (AHO) in Delhi Cantonment Board (DCB) will be responsible for enforcing common protocols. The Commissioner of MCD and Chief Executive Officer of NDMC and DCB will be responsible for monitoring the functioning of DHO, CMO and AHO respectively. Failure by the above officers to perform their duties will invite departmental action as well as contempt of court individually and jointly,” it further said.