Allahabad HC asks State to respond in PIL to ensure social distancing, sanitization in jails during visits amid COVID-19
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Allahabad HC asks State to respond in PIL to ensure social distancing, sanitization in jails during visits amid COVID-19

Whereas the State asserted that the plea was not maintainable, the Court has asked that a counter affidavit be filed within 10 days, in which the State may also raise their contention regarding non-maintainability.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Allahabad High Court on Friday as the State of Uttar Pradesh to file a counter affidavit in a PIL urging for measures to ensure that meetings between jail inmates and visitors take place while following social distancing and proper sanitization amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Allahabad High Court order)

The petition filed through Advocate Pranjal Krishna prays for directions to devise a mechanism to implement required safety measures so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Jails of Uttar Pradesh.

Advocates SK Singh and Anand Shikhar, appearing on behalf of the State authorities submitted that the present petition filed under the garb of a Public Interest Litigation was not maintainable.

However, a Bench of Justices Anil Kumar and Manish Mathur has asked the State to file a counter-affidavit, adding that the State can raise their objections regarding the maintainability of the petition in the same. This counter-affidavit was directed to be filed within ten days.

The Court added that the petitioner may also file a rejoinder affidavit within a period of three days after a copy of the State's counter is received by them.

The matter is listed to be taken up next on June 15.

Read the Order here:

Allahabad High Court order dated 29-5-2020.pdf
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