The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to withdraw cases registered under the Epidemic Act for violation of pandemic guidelines during the Covid lockdown. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said keeping in view the larger public interest, cases relating to violation of the Act should be withdrawn.
He asked the home department to start proceedings in this regard. He also said tainted policemen would be identified and action taken against them.
It may be recalled that last month, the chief minister had also announced that the state government would withdraw cases filed against farmers for stubble burning.
A home department official said that Uttar Pradesh is the first state in the country to take back cases that were registered for violating Covid-19 protocol.
These cases were registered under the charges of Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Act, disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant for breaking Covid-19 protocol.