Recently, Allahabad High Court in a suo-moto PIL directed the state government of Uttar Pradesh to put lockdown in five cities of Uttar Pradesh that is Prayagraj, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Gorakhpur till April 26 because of the rising Covid19 cases, and the second wave of pandemic hitting the state.
The High Court in their judgement highlighted the failure of the government to take concrete actions against the pandemic and how recommendations of VIPs are needed for getting Remedesivir injections, hospital beds and covid tests.
Now, the honourable Supreme Court has put on hold the Allahabad HC judgement on hearing arguments put forth by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The solicitor general appeared for the UP government and argued that such a judicial decision of directing lockdown will put on hold various administrative works which will further create difficulties.
The SC court has sought a report by the UP government related to steps taken against the Covid19 pandemic. The court has also appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha as an amicus curiae to help in the matter further.