The Uttar Pradesh government has moved the Supreme Court against an Allahabad High Court order to impose lockdown in five cities in the state, reported news agency ANI.
Reportedly, the government’s ground is that the high court does not have the domain to issue any such direction.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A Bobde, subsequently, decided to hear the matter on Tuesday.
The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier notified that it would not be imposing a lockdown, but strict restrictions would be in place.
The Allahabad High Court order on Monday further included a direction to close all private and government establishments in Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur till April 26.
The court order had exempted essential services from the restrictions.
“UP Government will not impose a complete lockdown in the cities but impose strict restrictions. The UP Government is submitting its reply before the Court on its observations”, ACS-information Navneet Sehgal had earlier said.
Uttar Pradesh on Monday recorded 28,287 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total COVID-19 tally in the state to 879,831.