by Swastika Saxena
As of 30th March,2020,according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a total of 1071 COVID-19 cases have been reported.Next few months are extremely crucial for INDIA as it stands at an important turning point in its fight against COVID-19.
Amidst such an adverse situation, all the essential commodities are of utmost importance.Taking this into consideration, on Monday a writ petition was filed in Supreme Court challenging the action of Karnataka Government in shutting down its road borders with Kerala in the wake of the pandemic.
Congress MP Rajmohan Unnithan filed the petition in the SC and stated that blocking national highways(NH-66) connecting Karnataka to Kerala is not under the authority of state government of Karnataka.
Main issue behind the petition was that blocking down the borders by the Karnataka government by erecting mud embankments affected the supply of essential goods to Kasargod district of Kerala. Karnataka Police even restricted the entry of ambulances from Kasargod district of Kerala fearing the spread of the virus.Unfortunately , this refusal and denial of urgent medication caused two patients to loose their lives.
The plea states that ” shutting down of the border is unconstitutional” and has “violated the fundamental rights( right to life under article 21, right to move freely under article , 19(1)(d) )”The plea further states :”The act of Karnataka Government ,in garb of nationwide lock down, of blocking the national highway 66 and other roads connecting the two states and thereby hindering the supply of essential goods and denying right to people of Kerala, especially of Kasargod district , to access medical care in hospitals is a grave violation of constitutional rights of people of the constitutional rights to live with human dignity, right to food and right to health and medical assistance.”
After talks between chief secretaries of both the states failed, PINARAYI VIJAYAN , Chief minister of Kerala urged the need of Mr. Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter but the chief minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa was resolute on his take of not allowing people from Kasargod district of Kerala to enter Karnataka citing the maximum number of positive cases in Kerala from the same district.
The petition filed by the MP seeks to register an F.I.R. and constitute a special investigating team under Supreme Courts’s supervision to look into this matter ,enquire against the actions of police officials and allow the entry of Citizenship into the state for medication, essential commodities etc.