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After the hearing on 31 March 2020, the bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde passed an order observing that panic created by fake news which triggered the mass migration of labourers and called for responsible media coverage.

Supreme Court order issued on 31 March 2020 confirms the bench passed an order on the panic created by some fake news which affected migrant workers.

Supreme Court order issued on 31 March 2020 confirms the bench passed an order on the panic created by some fake news which affected migrant workers.According to the order dated 31 March 2020, Chief Justice SA Bobde passed an order after the hearing that it has observed that some fake news claiming that the lockdown would last for more than three months had created panic among migrant labourers. The labourers have started leaving their places of work to their home villages/towns located at distant places. Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 states that a person who makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic, such person shall be punished with imprisonment for one year or with a fine.

The court also stated that the disobedience of this order by the public would be punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

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