"Heed the Article 21 read with Article 144 of the Constitution," says SC on relaxation for Eid celebration in Kerala case

    21-Jul-2021   
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Supreme Court of India (SC) slammed the Kerala Government for announcing three-day relaxation in Covid-19 lockdown to celebrate Islamic festival Bakra Eid across the State. The SC also criticized the view of State's decision to allow the opening of all shops.
 
Heed the Article 21 read   
"The relaxation for one day to Category D areas was wholly uncalled for. In these circumstances, we direct the State of Kerala to give heed to Article 21 of the Constitution read with Article 144 of the Constitution and follow our directions given in the UP case. Also, pressure groups of all kinds, religious or otherwise, cannot in any manner interfere with this most fundamental right of all the citizens of India", the bench headed by Justice Nariman said.
 
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the applicant PKD Nambiar who is challenging the Government decision, submitted that allowing the relaxations when Kerala was having a high number of COVID cases was disastrous, Live Law reported.
 
"UP is at 0.02(TPR), and yet they have restrictions. They (Kerala) are at 10%, and how can they justify this? I do not know where this country is going", Singh said.
 
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