The Supreme Court has stayed the Allahabad HC order directing weeklong lockdown of 5 major cities Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Gorakhpur.
SG Tushar Mehta said state is already taking steps to contain spread of Covid but a complete lockdown would create immense administrative difficulties.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has moved to the Supreme Court against the Order of Allahabad High Court, passed yesterday, imposing lockdown in 5 cities.
Today morning, when the matter was mentioned before the bench of Chief Justice by SG Tushar Mehta, saying:
“A virtual lockdown has been imposed by way of a judicial order in cities like Prayagraj, Lucknow. Please have it today, at the end of the board,” Mehta submitted.
“Alright,” the CJI said.
On Monday, the Allahabad High Court made some serious observations on failure of state machinery in the State of UP to curb the spread of COVID19. The court directed the government to consider imposing complete lockdown of 2 weeks. However, considering the surge of cases in 5 cities, the Court imposed a kind of lockdown, closing almost everything, except essential services. Click to Read
The Bench of Justice Siddhartha Varm and Justice Ajit Kumar had passed this Order yesterday. The Court observed that even the CM is in isolation and VVIPs are getting reports within 12 hours.
In the late night by means of a press release the UP Government made it clear that it will not impose the lockdown though High Court as directed.