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Allahabad HC’s lockdown order is judicial overreach. Optics of activism undermines governance

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Allahabad high court’s order for lockdown in UP cities is yet another case of judicial overreach. Courts must stay away from governance. Their activism often borders on interference, undermining the doctrine of separation of powers. It’s good for optics but doesn’t do justice to millions caught in the tareekh-pe-tareekh trap.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Thank god for some example of judicial overreach. The gentlemen have made a habit of under-reaching/ kowtowing last few years.

  2. The Delhi HC orders on oxygen shortage and orders to ensure oxygen is prioritised to patients instead of industry is the way to go. Don’t know what the judges at Allahabad HC were thinking passing an order which is really the prerogative of the executive.

  3. The SC has stayed the HC’s order. 2. Courts have steadily expanded the Right to Life, bringing within its fold clean air and water, for example. In the present case, the basic right itself has been endangered, as the macabre sight of crematoria working day and night brings home to all of us the state of the pandemic. Recently the Gujarat High Court took suo moto cognisance of all that was happening in the state. The executive is straining to deal with a grave crisis. It does no harm for it to be subject to judicial oversight. Last year, the SC had accepted the SG’s assertion that not a single migrant worker was on the roads, disbelieving what the TV screens were showing. 3. Now that the honourable apex court is seized of the matter, while it may defer to the executive on issues like how much vaccine should be procured, and from where, some things are sacrosanct. There are credible reports coming in from several states of Covid deaths being underreported, generally by a factor of 1 : 10. Here the SC should lay down the law with an iron fist. Perhaps as a numb statistic, but the life and times of each citizen should be faithfully recorded for posterity.

  4. Sensible 50-word edits. What Allahabad High court did was subversion of the constitution. Tomorrow God forbid Supreme court decides to nullify budget citing one right or the other. While Yogi govt did go to SC, it’s Chief Secretary on behalf of the governor/CM should have simply said “aukaat mein raho…seema mat paar karo” to HC. Someone needs to stand up and show our Lordships a mirror. Crores of cases pending, lakhs of undertrails in jails without hearing, bade aaye hero banne.

    • Contempt of court ka naam suna hai tuune. Naukri jaati hai seedhe. Chief secretary ki aukaat nahi ki court ko ulta seedha bol de. Jab government apni jimmedaari bhul jaayegi aur political mansoobon ke liye janta ki kurbaani dene lagegi to court ko government ka role adaa karna padega samjha.

  5. Hopefully the decentralisation of the decision making is not to decentralise the blame of the second wave.

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