The petitioner had complained that 23 of the 27 roads connecting Karnataka and Kerala were closed.
The state government on Friday told the High Court of Karnataka that it was considering revising the guideline banning people entering Karnataka by road in Karnataka.
In this regard, a Government Bench was presented before a Division Bench by a Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Srinivas Oka and Justice S. Vishwajit Shetty, a Mangaluru-based lawyer. It was during the hearing of the PIL filed by Subbaya Rai.
The petitioner had complained that in view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala, 23 out of the total 27 roads connecting the two states are closed, although there are no travel restrictions between states in the guidelines issued under the disaster. . Management Act by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Counsel for the central government clarified to the bench that the MHA's guideline removing the ban on travel between states is notified in January 2021 and states have to keep the roads open.
As the Karnataka Guideline states that COVID-19 negative reports are mandatory for people entering from Kerala, the Bench orally stated that the Government of Karnataka can create the infrastructure to examine the COVID-19 reports as roads are subject to the MHA guidelines. Cannot be closed accordingly.
As the government counsel sought time to inform the court about the amendment, the bench adjourned the hearing till March 9.