A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a writ petition at the High Court seeking proper protective gear for journalists and law enforcing agency members in this coronavirus situation when they are on duty.
Lawyer JR Khan Robin filed the writ at the relevant division of the High Court on Monday for public interest.
Eleven people have been named in the petition, including the home secretary, health secretary, public administration secretary, Bangladesh Press Council, and IEDCR.
The hearing may take place at a High Court bench this week, said the lawyer.
Earlier on March 19, the lawyer served a legal notice on the government to provide necessary equipment to law enforcing agency members and journalists to protect them from coronavirus when they are on duty.
The petitioner said that the writ was filed because the government did not take any measure after the legal notice was served.
According to the writ, coronavirus is contagious and can travel across communities and populations. It has even caused deaths in Bangladesh.
Journalists and law enforcers have to come in close contact with many people when they perform their duties. So, it is necessary to provide them with safety equipment for their benefit as well as for the benefit of the people.