Lockdown in five cities imposed by Uttar Pradesh High Court:
Coronavirus is booming across the country. Cases and deaths are on the rise in cities at the moment. With this, measures like lockdown and curfew are being implemented in many states. Cases are also on the rise in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh High Court has ordered a lockdown in five cities to curb the spread of coronavirus. The Allahabad High Court on Monday directed the UP government to impose lockdowns in Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, and Gorakhpur till April 28. The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed a stay on the orders.
An Allahabad court has ruled that restricting the movement of people could curb the spread of the virus at a time when cases are on the rise in several cities in Uttar Pradesh. However, the Uttar Pradesh government has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad court’s verdict. The trial court on Tuesday issued interim orders imposing a stay on the Allahabad court order. To this extent Chief Justice SA Bobde along with B. Bopanna, V. Dharmasana, comprising Rama Subramaniam, heard the appeal filed by the UP government.
However, Dharmasanam asked the UP government to ask the High Court about the steps taken by the UP government to control corona. PS Narasimhan has been appointed Amicus Curiae as Senior Advocate to assist the court in this case. The UP government told the Supreme Court in its affidavit that imposing a lockdown by legal order was not the right approach. The UP government has said that this will lead to serious administrative problems in the state.