On 29 March 2020, Alakh Alok Srivastava, a Ghaziabad based advocate, filed a public interest litigation – writ petition before the Supreme Court of India. On 30 March 2020, this petition was mentioned before the bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao. The petitioner sought an urgent hearing in the matter.
The Petition has sought directions to the Union of India “to immediately identify such stranded migrant workers and to shift them to the nearest government shelter homes or grant them accommodations with proper food, water, medicines and under medical supervision, in a dignified manner, till the present lockdown continues.”
The Petitioner has claimed that the present situation is leading to violation of fundamental rights of the migrant workers under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.
During the hearings, Union of India filed two status report. The petition came to be dismissed on 27 April 2020. A subsequent application came to be dismissed on 15 May 2020.