In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, social distancing and wearing masks are two of the most basic and important guidelines to follow.
Consequently, a Delhi-based lawyer was fined ₹500 for not wearing a mask, while driving alone in his car.
However, the advocate has now filed a petition with Delhi HC, seeking not only the refund for the fine but also a compensation worth ₹10 lakh.
According to reports, lawyer Saurabh Sharma was driving alone in his car, without a mask, when he was stopped by the police and fined ₹500. He contested it saying that there was no need for him to wear a mask when driving alone, but the police made him pay the fine.
Consequently, Mr. Sharma filed a petition in the case asking for not only for a refund of the fine amount but also seeking ₹10 lakh in compensation from government authorities “for publicly causing mental harassment” to him.
Of course, Twitterati, that has an opinion about everything under the sun, had something to say about this case too:
Kaunse nashe bhai? 😂 Aisa kya mental torture ho gaya ki ₹10L leke hi door hoga?— Jaideep Singh Arora (@ImperfectMaster) September 18, 2020
Advocate fined Rs 500 for not wearing mask while driving alone; Moves Delhi HC seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation https://t.co/tv31oZCFeU
Advocate fined 500, now seek 10 Lac compensation for wrong Challan.— Yogendra Yadav (@yogendrayad) September 18, 2020
Now a days Governments using/looking Challan as a earning source and common ppl suffer every minute..https://t.co/LYrWjDvpYG
Dear sir. It is about making people aware of indulgence & hence u can't ask for compensation. Dont make mokery of law— Sangam chaurasia (@SKChaurasia07) September 18, 2020
Advocate fined Rs 500 for not wearing mask while driving alone; Moves Delhi HC seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation https://t.co/mwyc1hUPDW
The first hearing of the case has already taken place, and the second hearing is scheduled for November 18.
Ah well, guess this is what the fine print is for!