Supreme Court pulls up Kerala govt for easing COVID-19 restrictions for celebration of Bakrid
SC warned Kerala government that it will take action if relaxations granted by state for Bakrid lead to further spread of Covid-19.
The Supreme Court Tuesday pulled up the Kerala government for relaxing Covid-19 restrictions for Bakrid despite high TPR (test positivity rate) in certain areas. It ordered the state government to follow the court orders given in the Kanwar yatra case.
The apex court said, “It is shocking state of affairs that the Kerala government has given in to the demand of traders in relaxing lockdown norms. If there is any spread of the Covid-19 infection due to the lockdown relaxations by the Kerala government owing to Bakrid, any person can bring it to the notice of the court which will then take appropriate action.”
"Pressurehood of any manner cannot infringe upon the most precious right of Right to Life for citizens of India, if any untoward incident takes place then any public can bring it to our notice and action will be taken accordingly," the court said.
“We direct Kerala to give heed to Article 21 read with Article 144 of the constitution of India and follow our orders given in the Kanwar yatra case.”
On July 17, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced the concessions at a press conference and said that in view of Bakrid (Eid-ul-Azha) being celebrated on July 21, textiles, footwear shops, jewellery, fancy stores, shops selling home appliances and electronic items, all types of repairing shops and shops selling essential items shall be allowed to open on July 18, 19 and 20 from 7 am to 8 pm in category A, B and C areas.
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