New Delhi, Jul 19 (ILNS)The Supreme Court today issued notice to Kerala government on an Interlocutory Application, filed by one PKD Nambiar through Senior Advocate Vikas Singh that the state government has lifted the curb on COVID-19 restrictions for three days to celebrate Bakrid, whereas the Covid patients are on the rise in the state. There are currently 15,000 COVID-19 patients in Kerala now, the application said.
A bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai was hearing a Suo Moto petition filed against the permission granted by Uttar Pradesh Government to hold Kanwar Yatra, in which the bench had asked UP government to reconsider its decision as the Covid cases are on the rise and there is a likelihood of a third wave.
As the UP government filed its stand that it has postponed the Yatra due to the COVID 19 pandemic, an interlocutory application was filed, informing the Apex Court that the Kerala state has also relaxed its COVID restrictions for the celebration of Bakri Eid which is seen to be as risky as the Kanwar Yatra.
The Bench issued notice to the state of Kerala, asking them to reply in this regard by this evening. The court will hear the matter tomorrow, as the Eid is likely to be celebrated on July 21, where thousands of Bakrasa (Goats) are sacrificed in open.
The court 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 will be taken immediately.”
The senior counsel argued that the State of UP has less than 50 cases of Covid-19, while Kerala has 15,000 patients and yet it has allowed relaxation for Bakrid celebration.
If the State of Uttar Pradesh 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. Mr Nambiar said that the decision of Kerala Government to ease restrictions for 3 days ahead of the festival is putting the lives of citizens at risk.
Kerala has been one of the worst-hit states in India and has recorded over 31 lakh Covid-19 cases and 15,269 deaths due to the infectious disease.
The Court had made it clear that no right is above the Right to Health of the Indian citizenry. The court will now hear the matter tomorrow morning.” ILNS/ABV/SNG/RJ