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Supreme Court Stays Allahabad High Court Order Imposing Lockdown in 5 UP Cities

Lawstreet Journal 21 Apr 2021 1:42am

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ( April 20, 2021) stayed an Allahabad High Court decision ordering the Uttar Pradesh government to enforce a lockdown in five cities: Prayagraj, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, and Gorakhpur until (April 26, 2021).

After hearing the claims of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, a bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde stayed the implementation of the decision.

The Solicitor General had brought the petition before the CJI this morning on an immediate basis, requesting that the case be heard today. The CJI-led bench agreed to hear the SG after the mentioned matters were completed. 

The SG, speaking on behalf of the UP government, said that a judicial order imposing a blanket lockdown in five cities would cause enormous administrative difficulties. He assured that the UP government was doing everything possible to keep the COVID-19 situation under control.

While stating that the state had no objections to any of the High Court's orders, the SG said that “to lock down five cities by judicial order may not be the right approach".

High Court's directions:

A judgement was passed down in a suo moto PIL by the Allahabad High Court, which slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for failing to make proper preparations for the second wave of the pandemic.

The Uttar Pradesh government, on the other hand, has failed to implement the High Court's order for a lockdown in the five cities. A division bench of the High Court, consisting of Justices Siddhartha Varma and… Continue Reading...

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