Supreme Court: A bench of Ashok Bhushan and SK Kaul, JJ has dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Union of India for compliance with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order dated March 29, which directed landlords not to demand rent from students and migrant labourers for a period of one month amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown. The Court also warned the petitioner in-person advocate Pawan Prakash Pathak of heavy cost.
Justice Kaul said,
“The lawyers are filing a number of cases with respect to COVID-19, I don’t understand this,”
The petition had also sought a quick response be taken on the evictions being reported by tenants amid COVID-19 or till further orders of the government.
The MHA had earlier warned of strict action against those who force tenants to vacate their rented accommodation due to a failure to pay rent amid the ongoing crisis.