Allahabad HC: Plea for Assessment of Economic Impact of COVID-19

A Public Interest Litigation filed in Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court. It pertained to establishment of a commission to assess the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The Public Interest Litigation filed in the case of Dr. Shivji Shukla v. Union of India & Ors. The court will hear the case on May 04, 2020. The Division Bench consisting of J. Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal and J. Karunesh Singh Pawa directed the petitioner to supply the copy of Public Interest Litigation to the Central Government.

The Advocate of the petitioner sought direction from the court to the state and central government for establishment of the commission. It is for the purpose of quantifying the losses incurred by the government during this pandemic. The court had also expressed its doubt regarding the maintainability of the petition while admission hearing.

Moreover, it remarked that the relief cannot be granted as the pandemic is ongoing. Additional Solicitor General of India appeared on behalf of the Central Government. The complete copy of the petition was not supplied, he claimed. Due to which he cannot comment on the establishment of a commission to assess the economic impact of COVID-19. Accordingly, the court directed the petitioner to rectify the same. Thereafter, the bench adjourned the matter till the next date of hearing i.e. May 04, 2020.

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