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Supreme Court asks Gujarat to file reply on COVID guideline compliance in state

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the chief secretary (home) of Gujarat to file an affidavit showing compliance with the apex court’s December 3 order. The then order of the Supreme Court had asked the state to ensure that COVID guidelines issued by the Centre and the state are strictly implemented.

During the hearing, Justice Ashok Bhushan said that every political party has celebrated. “We can give 10 examples of violations now itself. It was for the president of the party to inform their followers about the directions,” Justice Bhushan said.

What was the SC order on COVID guidelines?

Earlier on December 3, the Supreme Court had granted a stay on the order passed by the division of bench of Gujarat High Court making COVID-19 duty (non-medical) compulsory for repeated mask violators.

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While granting the stay, the apex court asked the Gujarat government to ensure that guidelines issued by the state and Union of India are strictly followed.

The Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had at that time submitted that the state is collecting a fine of Rs1000 from mask violators. All the guidelines issued by the state and center are being implemented in the state. Also, the state government has placed guidelines for the Uttarayan festival before Gujarat High Court, he said.

The Gujarat government had also submitted before the Supreme Court that they have collected Rs80 crores as a fine from people for violating COVID protocol.

 

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