A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah directed that all the cases registered against migrant workers for allegedly violating lockdown norms under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 should be considered as withdrawn.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed States and Union Territories to identify stranded migrant workers across the country willing to go back to their native places and transport them home within a period of 15 days. The court had taken up the issue on its own and said the Railways must provide additional special trains within 24 hours of states making the demand for sending the migrant workers back to their home states.

The apex court also asked all the states and union territories to submit their detailed affidavits on schemes, job creation, etc and fixed the matter for further hearing to 8 July.

(By – Anupama)

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