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While dealing with a batch of writ petitions, the Karnataka High Court recently allowed an interim application and stayed the auction of properties by banks during the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown period.
The Court held that those activities which are not included in the exceptions provided by the state government in its order imposing the lockdown - including holding of auction of attached properties by banks - will constitute a violation of the order.
"Prima facie, this Court was of the opinion that any activity by any of the Departments beyond the exceptions provided under the Government Order dated 23.03.2020, including the holding of auctions by Banks, would constitute a violation of the Government Order entailing prosecution."
Karnataka High Court
A Single Judge Bench of Justice G Narendar noted that the state government, in its order on March 23, had excluded certain activities from the ambit of the lockdown.