There will be no lockdown in five Uttar Pradesh cities for now. The Supreme Court has put a stay on the order by the Allahabad High Court.
“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".
Allahabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Nagar and Gorakhpur were the cities in which the high court had directed curbs.
Uttar Pradesh government had moved Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order on imposing lockdown in its five cities, on the ground that the High Court did not have the domain to issue such kind of directions.
The high court had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to impose strict restrictions including the closing of malls, shopping complexes and restaurants till April 26 in five cities, but stopped short of calling it a "complete lockdown".