New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday said that the Centre’s decision to relax the lockdown from June 1 does not appear to have been taken in haste — imposing a fine of Rs 20,000 on a petitioner who challenges the Centre’s decision of Unlock 1.0, following which the number of COVId-19 cases is on the rise. Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: Section 144, Night Curfew Imposed in Goa Till August 10 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
“Courts do not and cannot act as an appellate authority examining the correctness, suitability and appropriateness of the policy; nor are courts advisors to the executive in matters of policy which the executive is entitled to formulate,” the Delhi High Court said. Also Read - COVID-19 Positive: After Rekha, Farhan Akhtar’s Security Guard Tests Positive
On May 30, the ministry of home affairs released a guideline to gradually exit from the two-month-long lockdown, imposed since March 25. Hotels, restaurants, temples were allowed to resume activities in a staggered manner from June 8. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Vegetable Prices Double With No Buyers, High Transport Cost Amid COVID-19
According to reports, schools will resume classes in August after consultations with the stakeholders. In the last phase of reopening, a decision will be taken to allow international flight operations.
However, soon after unlocking, there has been a sharp spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, posing a question to the timing of the decision.