Karnataka HC seeks state govt response for permitting HD Kumaraswamy's son's wedding during Coronavirus lockdown
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Karnataka HC seeks state govt response for permitting HD Kumaraswamy's son's wedding during Coronavirus lockdown

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday sought the response of the state government while dealing with a petition questioning the breach of social distancing guidelines at the wedding ceremony of Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Though the email petition was not officially e-filed, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna took note of the issue and directed the state to file its reply by April 24.

The order states,

"We have received one petition by email which is ultimately not e-filed, complaining about the breach of the guidelines concerning the social distancing in a marriage ceremony held recently in the house of a prominent political leader. The State Government will respond on that aspect also."

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As per various reports, it was stated that the marriage ceremony took place on April 17, at Kumaraswamy's residence, while the whole country continued to strictly observe the extended lockdown.

Though the wedding was labelled as 'low-key' affair, various photographs from the wedding show that the government-issued social distancing norms were not followed by the wedding hosts and guests.

Additionally, it was reported that 48 cars and 100 people were given permission to move on April 17 in order to attend the wedding that was held at a resort in Bidadi. It is also reported that special permissions were also obtained from the state government to hold the wedding ceremony.

The wedding had been postponed from its earlier date due to the lockdown restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak in India. The wedding ceremony also drew a lot of criticism from people all over the country.

[Read the order]

Karnataka HC - PPE, Asha workers.pdf
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