Issue directions to ban use of disinfectants, ultra violet rays on humans: SC to Centre

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The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to issue directions for banning use of disinfectants and ultra violet rays on humans for COVID19 management.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the government to do the needful in this regard within a month. The bench passed the verdict on a plea seeking directions to the Centre to forthwith ban the installation, production and advertisement of disinfection tunnels involving spraying or fumigation of chemical disinfectants on humans.

On September 7, the apex court had asked the Centre why it has not banned the use of tunnels for disinfecting people for COVID19 despite taking the stand that spraying of chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had earlier informed the Court that the Health Ministry has not issued any advisory or guideline on the use of ultraviolet lights for disinfection of humans for COVID19 management. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by Gursimran Singh Narula who also sought forthwith a ban on spraying or fumigation of organic disinfectants and exposing humans to ultraviolet rays for the purposes of disinfecting them.