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"System would collapse:" Allahabad High Court intervenes, orders a near-total lockdown in five Uttar Pradesh cities until April 26, 2021 [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 20 Apr 2021 4:41pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary "System would collapse:" Allahabad High Court intervenes, orders a near-total lockdown in five Uttar Pradesh cities until April 26, 2021 [READ ORDER]

The Allahabad High Court took a dim view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on (April 19, 2021), issuing a slew of directions that effectively placed the state on lockdown until (April 26, 2021). In Lucknow, even the Chief Minister is isolated. "We cannot remain, mere observers, if the popular government has its own political compulsions in not checking public movements during a pandemic," the Court said.

A bench of Justices ‘Ajit Kumar’ and ‘Siddhartha Varma’ chastised the government for its lack of response, warning that if immediate steps are not taken, the medical system could collapse. Even the State's Chief Minister is alone, according to the Court, and only VIPs receive medical attention. "We find from the scenario that emerges from the Government Hospitals that admission of patients to ICUs are largely being done on the recommendation of VIPs. Even supply of life-saving antiviral drug namely Remdesivire is being provided only on the recommendation of VIPs. Even the Chief Minister of the State is in isolation in Lucknow," the order said.


The court stated that in any civilised society if the public health system is not able to meet the challenges and people die for want of proper medication, it means there has been no proper development. "Those in the helm of affairs of governance are to be blamed for the present chaotic health problems and more so when there is a democracy which means a government of the people, by the people and for the people," the… Continue Reading...

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