The Supreme Court has reprimanded the Kerala government for relaxing the corona restrictions in the state during Bakrid (Eid-ul-Azha). The court has warned that if the infection spreads after the exemption is given, then appropriate action will be taken against it. The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed the relaxation given by the Kerala government in restrictions on the occasion of Bakrid in areas with high infection rates of Covid-19 as completely unjustified.
The Supreme Court has warned the state government that if this exemption leads to the spread of infection, then it will take action. The apex court slammed the Kerala government for giving relaxation ahead of Bakrid under pressure from traders and said it was not pardonable.
A bench of Justices RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai said that the Kerala government has increased the risk of nationwide epidemic for the citizens of the country by giving such relaxation in restrictions on the occasion of Bakrid. .
The Court said that we direct the Government of Kerala to pay attention to the right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution. The bench was hearing an application on the issue of relaxation of restrictions by the Kerala government in view of the festival of Bakrid.
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The apex court had last week taken suo motu cognizance of media reports regarding the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic. Giving a strong stand of the court on the Kanwar Yatra, the Uttar Pradesh government had decided to cancel the Kanwar Yatra in the state.
In this context, an application was filed drawing the attention of the court to the decision of the state government to give exemption on the occasion of Bakrid in Kerala. On a petition filed against the relaxation of restrictions related to the lockdown on the occasion of Bakrid, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court that limited relaxation has been given in the Covid rules to save the traders who have already shopped.
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