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Congress Padayatra: Karnataka HC takes State govt to task for allowing Congress to continue padayatra

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday took the State Government to task for allowing the Congress celebration to continue with its 10-day lengthy padayatra to demand a brand new dam over the river Cauvery even because the Covid-19 instances are multiplying by the day.

The Court was equally displeased with the Congress celebration’s actions in going forward with its march amid the speedy unfold in infections regardless of the State’s Covid-19 tips banning all such gatherings.

A division bench consisting of chief justice Ritu Raj Awasti and justice Suraj Govindaraj heard a petition filed by Nagendra Prasad AV, and ordered discover to the Congress celebration asking it to reply by Friday. The Court has requested the Congress to clarify whether or not it has taken permission to maintain the padayatra, and if that’s the case, the way it was implementing the Covid-19 protocols throughout the march. And the way it was coping with violations of the Covid SoP by contributors.

The petitioner’s advocate knowledgeable the bench that the Congress was gathering employees from elements of the state to take part within the occasion, who would possibly, in flip, turn into carriers of the virus again to their locations. He urged the court docket to intervene to cease the occasion in view of the risk it posed to neighborhood well being.

Additional Advocate General R Subramanya, showing for the state, mentioned the federal government by a notification on January 4 has prohibited rallies, dharnas and protests, and different occasions involving massive gatherings.

The Ramanagar district administration has additionally declined permission to the Congress celebration to maintain the padayatra, and when the celebration leaders defied it, the police have registered FIRs towards them, he mentioned. This led to the court docket questioning whether or not the federal government had been helpless to cease the rally even because the instances are including up by the day.

The bench posted the case to Friday (Jan 14) for additional listening to and requested the federal government counsel to inform how the federal government wished to cope with the march.

The BJP, in a tweet, requested the Congress whether or not it was inclined to cease its march at the very least now because the Court itself has objected to the occasion. Opposition chief Siddaramaiah, in a tweet, hit again saying the Covid-19 instances are rising due to the federal government’s negligence. The celebration doesn’t know what order will come from the court docket, however it is a battle to assert individuals’s rights. There isn’t any query of stopping it, he mentioned.

The two nationwide political events have been ensnared in a disagreement over the padayatra the Congress has launched into to press for a dam at Mekedatu in Kanakapura taluk, additionally the meeting constituency Shivakumar represents. The Congress plans to cowl greater than 100-km of the yatra which started on January 9 from Sangama will finish in Bengaluru.

Congress leaders DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah are main the yatra amongst different state leaders.

The Karnataka Police have registered an FIR on Congress leaders together with Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah and Mallikarjuna Kharge for violating Covid-19 tips.

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