The Karnataka High Court has directed the Centre to investigate the possibility of Havana Syndrome in India within three months.
A single-judge bench of Justice Krishna Dixit disposed of the petition of A Amarnath Chagu, a resident of Bengaluru, on July 27 after the Centre’s counsel agreed to look into the matter in a time-bound manner.
The petitioner had approached the court requesting a writ of mandamus for an enquiry on Havana Syndrome in India and the prevention of high-frequency microwave transmission in India.
Havana Syndrome refers to a set of mental health symptoms that are said to be experienced by United States intelligence and embassy officials in various countries. It typically involves symptoms such as hearing certain sounds without any outside noise, nausea, vertigo and headaches, memory loss and balance issues.
In late 2016, about a year after the US opened its embassy in Havana, some intelligence officials and embassy staff members began experiencing sudden bursts of pressure in their brains followed by persistent headaches, disorientation and insomnia.
The exact cause of Havana Syndrome is yet to be ascertained. Reportedly, a CIA officer experienced these symptoms during an official visit to India in 2021.
The petitioner argued that authorities must consider the grievances raised in the petition under Article 350 of the Constitution (grievance redressal).