SC instructs states and police not to take action against those seeking medical help through social media
The Supreme Court strongly warned respective state authorities and police not to contain citizens seeking medical help for COVID patients or their families through social media.
The bank found that citizens who communicated their complaints on social media and other internet platforms could not be viewed as carriers of false information.
The bank warned the relevant authorities against contempt procedures if it is found that citizens are under pressure for seeking medical help on social media platforms.
The order came about through a Suo Moto case that was picked up by the Apex Court after state officials and police issued a series of coercive threats. With this warning, the bank wanted to send a strong message to all states and their DGPs.
In addition, the Uttar Pradesh government recently announced that it would initiate criminal proceedings under the National Security Law against anyone who attempted to divulge false information regarding COVID-19. This instruction from the Apex Court could be understood in light of this statement by the government of Uttar Pradesh.
The Punjab and Haryana Supreme Court recognized citizens’ efforts to provide urgent medical assistance to needy COVID patients and their families.
Individuals, celebrities, and social media influencers have provided a compiled version of the information on the availability of beds, ventilators, oxygen bottles, and medication.
Through this direction, the bank has protected and provided protection to those seeking medical help on social media platforms.