Supreme Court hits at Kerala Government says 'Pay heed to Article 21'
The court has said that it is very surprising that the state government has accepted the traders' demand for relaxation in the lockdown.
Lucknow: The Supreme Court has reprimanded the Kerala government for relaxing the covid-19 restrictions in the state during Bakrid. The court has said that it is very surprising that the state government has accepted the traders' demand for relaxation in the lockdown.
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Apart from this, the court has warned that if the corona infection spreads after the relaxation is given by the state government, then appropriate action will be taken against it. Also, the court has refused to quash the government notification.
On Tuesday, the court said that any kind of pressure cannot infringe on the most valuable right to life of a citizen of India. The court said that if any untoward incident occurs, it is brought to our notice, then action will be taken accordingly. The Supreme Court said that we direct Kerala to pay attention to Article 44 along with Article 21 of the Constitution and our decision regarding the Kanwar Yatra.
The Kerala government, defending its decision, told the court that restrictions were relaxed from June 15 and there was nothing new in it. Apart from this, the government also cited the problems of those traders, who were hoping for better economic conditions during Bakrid. Petitioner and Senior Advocate Vikas Singh asked the court to issue the order today being the last day of exemption from restrictions. Justice Nariman said that we cannot cancel the notification.
State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced the relaxation during a press conference on July 17. He had said that in view of Bakrid being celebrated on July 21, clothing, footwear, jewellery, household items and electronic items, all kinds of repair shops and essential shops will be closed between July 18-20 from 7 am to 8 pm. Allowed to operate in areas A, B and C.
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