SC issued notice to UP govt over decision to allow Kanwar Yatra from next week

The next hearing is set for Friday. The yatra was scrapped last year because of the pandemic and lockdown.

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra from next week despite the threat of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The court, which took up the matter suo motu, said citizens were ‘perplexed’ as the yatra is being permitted at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and medical experts have warned against large gatherings, and urged people to follow social distancing and other Covid protocols.

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A notice has also been issued to the centre and the Uttarakhand government, which has cancelled the yatra in its districts. The next hearing is set for Friday. The yatra was scrapped last year because of the pandemic and lockdown.

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