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Kanika Kapoor gets FIR filed against her after testing positive for coronavirus

Bappi Lahiri Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for coronavirus, booked for negligence in UP
Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 10:12

As the world is going through testing times, Bollywood veteran Rishi Kapoor came up with a rib-tickling observation that he shared on his Twitter page on Friday. Now that she has tested positive for coronavirus, all the people who met her are scared they might also have caught the virus.

She attended at least three parties. She has been booked for negligence and disobedience to the order issued by a public servant as she allegedly endangered others by attending events when she was advised self-quarantine after her return from the United Kingdom.

Her comment drew heavy criticism from netizens. In an Instagram post from March 20, Kanika said that she had developed symptoms only in the last four days.

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Some of the contacts who have been tested include former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, her MP-son Dushyant Singh, Uttar Pradesh Minister of Medical Health & Family Welfare Jai Pratap Singh, former Union minister Jatin Prasad and his wife Neha. The Taj Hotel in Lucknow where Kapoor stayed has been shut.

According to a TOI report, a team of experts is scanning video footage and CCTV records of the hotel where Kanika stayed.

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Kanika Kapoor is now undergoing treatment at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute for Medical Sciences, Lucknow.

An FIR was filed under Sections 188, 269, and 270 of the Indian Penal Code based on a complaint from Lucknow Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Narendra Agarwal. It also mentioned her age as 28 whereas she is 41.

The matter will come up for hearing on March 31. She, however, denies all these claims.

A senior health department official acknowledged the FIR contained an error, conceding that only a lab test - and not an airport check-up - can establish that someone is "coronavirus positive".

She added, "One can check that at that time there was no advisory issued by the government on anyone traveling from overseas to be under self-quarantine".

At the same time, reports of Kanika colluding with airport authorities and escaping screening emerges.