“With Folded Hands” Courts in India Request Government to Take COVID Situation Under Control

The COVID situation in India is evidently out of control. Meanwhile, the judiciary has taken charge. High Courts of various states have been directing the government on what can be done. 

BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh is one of the most adversely hit state during the second wave of COVID pandemic. State’s Allahabad High Court had given orders to impose a two week lockdown in five worst affected districts to control the spread of virus. However, the state government announced that they will not abide.

After that, the government also took the case to Supreme Court. In SC, a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde stayed the order. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on behalf of UP Government told that the government is taking several adequate measures to stop the spread.

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A week after UP Government got a stay order on Allahabad High Court’s order for lockdown, the Court made another plea for lockdown. Hearing a suo moto case on the COVID situation in Uttar Pradesh, the High Court said, “There is a shortage of doctors, there is a shortage of staff, oxygen, there is no L1, L2. Everything is good on paper, but the fact is that there is shortage. With folded hands, we request you to exercise your discretion”.

The bench led by Justice Siddhart Varma said, “I again request, if things are not in control then impose a two-week lockdown. Please suggest it to your policy makers. It is blowing out of proportion, that is the first thing it seems”.

Uttar Pradesh has reported 1.25 Million Cases of COVID-19 infection till now. 12,570 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus. Media Reports and ground coverage from local news agencies suggest the numbers are under reported. According to government data, UP reported 34,372 new cases on 30th April alone.