New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Kerala government to file a reply on an application against the three-day relaxations in the lockdown curbs in the event of the Eid-al-Adha festival.
Kerala government on July 17 had announced relaxations due to the upcoming festival. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at a press conference.in the event of Eid-al-Adha.
According to the government, textiles, footwear shops, jewellery, fancy stores, shops selling home appliances and electronic items, all types of repairing shops, and shops selling essential items shall be allowed to open on July 18, 19, and 20 from 7 AM to 8 PM in category A, B, and C areas.
A bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai were hearing an application that was filed against the three-day relaxations.
The counsel appearing for the state government said that he would file a reply after which the apex court asked him to file the reply during the day.
The court will take up the reply for the hearing on Tuesday.
The application was filed in the matter in which the top court had last week taken suo motu cognisance of media reports on the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra amid the COVID pandemic.
During the hearing conducted through video-conferencing, the bench perused the affidavit filed by the Uttar Pradesh government which said Kanwar Yatra will not be allowed this year due to the pandemic. The bench said the authorities at all levels should take stern and prompt action against any untoward incident which directly affects the lives of citizens.
With inputs from PTI