In a first in the country, a court in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, 26 March, sentenced a group of 13 people to two days’ imprisonment and penalised each of them Rs 1,000 for violating the lockdown.
While people have been booked for violating the nationwide shutdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi two days ago, this is the first instance of a court sentencing people to jail for the crime. Under Section 51of the Disaster Management Act, a person can be jailed for a term which may extend up to one year for violating government orders during lockdown.
(Source: The ...
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