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Indian Blocking Rules: Violate the Blocking to Invite a Year in Jail | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center said Tuesday that anyone who obstructs its guidelines on the total closure of the country for three weeks would be punishable under section 51 of the Disaster Management Act for a period that may extend to a year or a fine or both . The order establishes that if the refusal to comply with the instructions results in loss of life or imminent danger, in case of conviction, it will be punished by imprisonment for a period that can extend to two years.

An order, issued by the Home Office after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, further says that anyone spreading the rumor (related to the Coronavirus) turns out to be a false claim, in such cases, the authority, in case of conviction, it will punish said individuals. with prison for a period that can be extended to one year with a fine.

Anyone found guilty of misappropriating funds earmarked for relief operations will also be responsible for the punishment of up to two years in prison. These guidelines are equally applicable to any guilty government official.

Punitive actions under the disaster law also provide for punishing any company found guilty of any of the government’s directives during the three-week blackout period, starting at midnight on March 24.

As a preventive measure, according to the guidelines, no court will be aware of any crime under this law, except with the prior sanction of the central government or the state government, as the case may be. These government authorities have to give at least 30 days notice for a case to start.

Disobedience to the lockdown order, however, invites punishment for a one-month prison term or a fine of Rs 200. But if it causes public disorder, riots, the prison period can be extended up to six months.

Times of India