Any Step Lesser Than A Lockdown Would Be Of No Help: Allahabad High Court

Allahabad High Court in the suo moto case titled In-re Inhuman Condition at Quarantine Centers and for Providing Better Treatment to Corona Positives v. State of U.P., PIL No. – 574/2020 has raised his concern over rapid increase of COVID-19 case in the state. The two Judge Bench comprising of Justice Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar opined that “Best choice today is to close down things for a while though selectively, to force people to confine themselves to their home.”

High Court of Allahabad raised some serious concern over a spike in COVID-19 cases in the suo moto case dealing with the Conditions for Quarantine Centre in the states and various other COVID related issues.

In the previous hearing of matter, the Court observed that there is rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in many districts of U.P. particularly in districts of Lucknow, Prayagraj, Bareily, Kanpur, Varanasi, Jhansi and Gorakhpur. The Court said that “Somehow because of the Unlock, our people have got a wrong impression that they can freely mix with each other and move around.”

The Court on Tuesday by taking note of the rising cases of COVID-19 and by pointing out Government failure to restrict the movement of people despite issuing several guidelines exclaimed that “Law is meant for the people and if spread of COVID-19 can be contained by locking the people inside their homes, let it be, as it will only save the life of people in general but even will result in better use of government resources. When we have to balance between bread and butter and life, the latter has to prevail.” The Court further said that “We do not doubt government’s will but we are equally conscious that measures taken are not enough and are needed to be made more severe and stringent but of course, workable too at same time.”

The Court was clearly not happy with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state and therefore remarked that “For the last several dates, we are being repeatedly assured of concrete steps being taken by the administration of various districts of the State to contain spread of COVID-19 but the manner and the rise this pandemic has shown in several parts of the State, it is evident that any step lesser than a lockdown, would be of no help.”

The Court also raised some questions to the state and asked the Chief Secretary of the State of U.P. to answer them. Considering the urgency of matter next hearing of the matter is scheduled on 28th August 2020.

- Sulabh Gupta

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