Prohibiting activities exempted from purview of lockdown PIL filed in High Court of Manipur

    22-May-2020
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By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, May 21: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed at the High Court of Manipur against prohibition of activities/sectors which have been exempted from the purview of the ongoing lockdown as per an order issued by the Chief Secretary on May 18.
The PIL was filed by one Huidrom Rajeswar of Keishampat Leimajam Leikai.
The petitioner is represented by Senior Advocate Juno Rahman and the respondent listed in the case is the State of Manipur represented by the Chief Secretary.
The PIL has been filed under Article 226 of the Constitution praying inter alia for issuance of a writ in the nature of mandamus/certiorari or any other appropriate writ/order/direction directing the respondent to allow all activities that are permitted/exempted as per an order issued by the Chief Secretary on May 18.
It also prayed the High Court to direct the respondent not to prohibit/obstruct/hinder/impede while carrying out activities which are permitted by the particular order so as to improve the State’s economy.
Even though several activities/sectors have been exempted from the purview of the lockdown by the particular order, the Government has been prohibiting the exempted activities too which is not only violation/misuse of office by the respondent particularly Home Department but also gross violation of the right to life and right to livelihood enshrined in the Constitution, said the PIL.