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[COVID-19]: Essential Goods Available From 10AM To 6PM: Punjab & Haryana High Court Upholds Decision Of Chandigarh Admin [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 31 Mar 2020 4:33pm

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court, on March 29, 2020 upheld the decision of Chandigarh administration, dated March 27, 2020, to open ‘essential goods’ shops from 10AM till 6PM. 

Commodities such as food grains, groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and fish would remain open from 10 am to 6.00 pm daily, till further orders.

Amid the lockdown to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has come under severe criticism from the doctor fraternity as well.

After a special sitting held on Sunday via video-conferencing, a bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Rakesh Kumar Jain observed.

"The order dated 27.03.2020 is valid. It has been issued in larger public interest. The scope of judicial interference in a policy matter is very limited. The Chandigarh Administration has weighed all the pros and cons before taking the decision. We will not substitute our wisdom for the wisdom of the Administration during this crisis. Maintaining social distance is a sine qua non to control the disease. The Administration may also solicit opinion of the specialists of infectious/communicable diseases, while taking a decision.".


The bench added:

"...the petition is disposed of with an observation that the Administration may lay down the parameters of social distancing at the time of distribution of essential items and also to monitor and regulate the same by taking stringent actions against the violators", the bench observed.

Advocate Adityajit Singh Chaddha filed the petition contending that such flexibility would defeat the purpose of the lockdown.

However, the administration time and again has ensured that they encourage home delivery system, e-vending accompanied with… Continue Reading...

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