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SC relief to UP govt, stays Allahabad HC order on lockdown in 5 cities


The Supreme Court has stayed the Allahabad High Court’s order by way of which the latter had directed the Yogi Adityanath government to impose a strict lockdown in five cities of Uttar Pradesh. The cities include Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Nagar and Gorakhpur.

The high court had on Monday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions including the closing of malls, shopping complexes and restaurants till April 26 in five cities, but stopped short of calling it a “complete lockdown”.

However, unhappy with the high court’s diktat, the Uttar Pradesh government approached the Supreme Court, which stayed the order. The apex court said there will be no lockdown in these five cities as of now.

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Solicitor general Tushar Mehta represented the Uttar Pradesh government in the top court and submitted that a virtual lockdown has been imposed by way of a judicial order in cities like Prayagraj and Lucknow. Mehta had sought an urgent hearing from the bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and it was allowed.

Mehta said the state government has issued several directions and taken adequate precautions on the issue. He said the high court order would create immense administrative difficulties.

SC stays HC order

“There shall be an interim stay on the order of the high court,” the apex court said. The apex court, while granting an interim stay on the high court order, appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha as amicus curiae to assist in the matter.

The bench directed that the matter be listed after two weeks.


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