The Supreme Court on Monday took strong objection to the decision of the Kerala government to give three days relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions on Bakrid.
The court said that this decision was not needed, and it is scary that the restrictions were relaxed despite such circumstances.
Further said that the right to life of citizens could not be compromised in any way. However, the court refused to set aside these concessions.
Hearing the matter today, a two-member Supreme Court bench headed by Justice RF Nariman said, “It is a worrying position (of the government) to succumb to the tactics of coercion. Any kind of pressure violates the most precious right of life and health of citizens of India. If any untoward incident happens due to this relaxation, then the public can bring it to our notice and then action will be taken according to the situation.”
The government defended its decision in court
While filing an affidavit during the hearing, the Kerala government had defended its decision and said that these concessions are in force since June 15, and there is nothing new in them. The government had also cited the financial difficulties faced by traders who were hoping for an increase in sales on the occasion of Bakrid. The government had also said that the lockdown could not be extended indefinitely, and people are upset.