SC grants interim stay on HC order directing UP govt to impose strict restrictions in 5 citiesPTI | New Delhi | Updated: 20-04-2021 13:18 IST | Created: 20-04-2021 13:18 IST
The Supreme Court Tuesday granted interim stay on the Allahabad High Court order directing the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions till April 26 in five cities amid surge in COVID-19 cases.
“There shall be an interim stay on the order of the high court,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said while hearing the state government's plea against the order passed on Monday.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, said the state has taken several steps to contain the spread of coronavirus but to “lockdown five cities by a judicial order may not be the right approach”.
He said the state government has issued several directions and taken adequate precaution on the issue.
Mehta said the high court order would create immense administrative difficulties.
The apex court, while granting interim stay on the high court order, appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha as amicus curiae to assist in the matter.
The bench directed that the matter be listed after two weeks.
The high court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions including closing of malls, shopping complexes and restaurants till April 26 in five cities, but stopped short of calling it a ''complete lockdown''.
The high court had said these curbs are ''nowhere close to a complete lockdown''.
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