New Delhi, Jul 19 (ILNS)The state of Uttar Pradesh informed the Supreme Court today that it has decided to cancel the annual Kanwar Yatra in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The bench of Justice R.F. Nariman and Justice B.R. Gavai said, “We direct the Authorities at all levels when untoward incidents which directly affect lives of the public take place, then it will be looked upon sternly and action should be taken immediately.
The Counsel of State of U.P submitted that, “The Kanwar Yatra is postpone this year and like last year, this year also it is not possible to hold the Yatra because of Covid 19 pandemic.”
The Counsel also added that, “if the local devotee wants to go to local Yatra and wish to do “Abhishek” it will be allowed.”
The Supreme Court bench led by Justice R.F. Nariman and Justice B.R. Gavai on an earlier occasion had made it clear that no right is above the Right to Health of the Indian citizenry.
The bench also took up the Interlocutory Application, filed by P.K.D. Nambiar. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared in this IA and submitted, “The Kerala Government gave three days relaxation in lieu of Bakri Eid, when the Covid patients were very high in the state. There were 15,000 patients, when Kerala government allowed relaxation for Bakri-Eid celebration. The State of UP has less than 50 cases of Covid-19.”
“If UP is not allowed to conduct the Yatra, then the State of Kerala shall also not be allowed to give relaxation for Bakri-Eid celebrations,” he added.
The bench on Monday had ordered, “We direct Authorities at all levels to take action if any untoward incident which directly affect lives of the public take place, then it will be looked upon sternly and action should be taken immediately.”
The bench also took up the Interlocutory Application, which is filed by PKD Nambiar and Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared for him and submitted that, “The Kerala Government has granted 3 days relaxation in lieu of Bakri-Eid in Kerala whereas the Covid patients in the state are on the rise.” He also added that, “there were 15 thousand patients and the Kerala government has allowed relaxation for Bakri-Eid celebration. The senior counsel submitted that the State of UP has less than 50 cases of Covid-19. If the State of UP is not allowed to conduct the Yatra than State of Kerala shall also not be allowed to give relaxation for Bakri-EID celebration,” the senior counsel said.
The bench took cognizance of the case and directed the Kerala state to file a reply in the matter by today evening. The court will now hear the case tomorrow morning.” ILNS/ABV/SNG