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State shouldn’t worry about disappointing people, they can celebrate a year later, Gujarat High Court

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The Gujarat High Court on Thursday told the advocate general representing the state government that it should not worry about disappointing people. The statement was made regarding the announcement to extend the night curfew.

People can celebrate next year, said the court in observation during a hearing when the court told the state to remain cautious during the period from December 25 to January 21, 2021.

The high court told advocate general Kamal Trivedi to take instructions from the state regarding Uttarayan to be held on January 14, 2021.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Vikram Nath said the state needs to be careful for the period from December 25 to January 2, 2021, and also during the Uttarayan festival.

A PIL seeking direction about the steps that need to be taken to avoid covid infection during Uttarayan was adjourned to January 8 due to lack of time.

The court has, however, asked the advocate general to take instructions in this regard from the state government till the next hearing.

The high court on night curfew

The advocate general told the court that at present the government plans to continue the night curfew till December 31. He said there is a possibility that it could be extended to January too, but a decision will be taken at the chief ministerial level following a core committee meeting.

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The court adjourned a PIL listed in suo moto seeking compensation for COVID patients. The high court said if a patient gets infected because he was not wearing a mask or due to his negligence then why should compensation be paid to him. The matter is kept for hearing when physical hearing in the court resumes.

In an affidavit submitted before the court, the state said it has collected Rs116 crore as fine from mask and COVID-19 rules violators as of December 22.

 

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