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Plea in Kerala HC Against Collection of Call Detail Records Of Covid Patients By Kerala Govt.

Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala has moved the High Court. The writ petition filed in the Kerala High Court seeking to restrain the Police from collecting the Call Detail Records (CDRs) of COVID-19 patients/ suspects. The petition challenges a circular dated August 11, 2020, issued by the Kerala State Police Chief, which enables the department to collect CDRs of Covid patients, from BSNL and Vodafone, for contact tracing. Further the Petitioner apprehends “misuse” of the personal data so collected, as the same is allegedly being stored by an unknown agency, that too without anonymizing CDRs, against the guidelines issued by Govt. of India and the Courts. He has averred that the Circular, which is an executive order, cannot be used to infract the fundamental right to privacy recognized by the Supreme Court in Justice Puttuswamy (Retd.) & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors., 2017 (10) SCC 1, or to modify the enactments of the Legislature.

Asia Law Offices advised a major transnational strategic collaboration between its client, UAE-Based Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, and Swiss pharma major Acino Pharmaceuticals.

ALO represented Pharmax in the structuring and closure of entire transaction documents of the significant collaboration.

The collaboration framework extends to licensing, manufacturing, and supply of Acino formulations within the gastroenterology and the cardiovascular space throughout the Middle East and Africa.