Herbal Hukkas : Delhi High Court Directs Police Not To Harass Restaurants Owners Unnecessarily

Delhi High Court has directed city police not to harass the owners of hotels and restaurants for their serving herbal hukkas . However the court the random checks based on complaints and grievances . The direction came out of the petitioner stand that they will serve the hookas in open space with disposable pipes .

Justice Rekha Palli asked the government to relook its decision of prohibiting all hooka bars within next 5 days .

On previous hearing court directed dept. of health and family welfare , Delhi to reconsider the matter in view and also the latest order made by delhi disaster management authority .

On 14th October Delhi government reiterated that prohibition on use of hooka with or without tobacco will continue to be in force in all bars and restaurants .

Petitioner on other hand contended that they will use herbal flavoured hookas in open spaces with disposable pipes . It will not be shared and be used individually .

Petitioner argued that police intentionally park their vehicles before entrance gate , which obstructs the customers to go in freely without hesitation .

To which respondent ensured that no police will park vehicle in front of hotel to unnecessarily harass until next date unless some contingency .

According to DDMA , since smokers may be carrier of covid -19 and it can trigger to spread of the virus . Under Epidemic Disaster Act , 1897 , use of hookas in public places is strictly prohibited with immediate effect .

The court earlier asked the DMA to resolve the issue and allow the petitioner .

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