Delhi high court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 on a petitioner named Arjun Agrawal, a law student who challenged the Centre’s decision to relax the national wide lockdown stating that the “reopening” of lockdown has been ordered in a “phased manner” and was not one that appeared to have been taken in “haste”. The petition has been filed on the basis that the doubling rate of the cases was quite low during the earlier lowdown period. And by allowing the movement “The spread of virus has severely spiked, resulting in a sharp rise in the number of daily cases’.
To this the court said that the reopening was done to ensure proper balance between “containing the spread of the disease” and ensuring that people are not forced to “starve”. Also added that reopening was done to save livelihoods. The bench stated that the government is expected to remain cognizant of the situation and evaluate it closely if it finds the disease is increasing in high number and will review their decision accordingly.
(By – Durga Bhatt)