NAINITAL: Taking cognisance of the letter by the Dehradun Bar Association requesting for a complete lockdown in the state, the Uttarakhand high court (HC) issued notices to the state government and district magistrate (DM) Dehradun on Wednesday. The court initiated a suo motu Public Interest Litigation (PIL) based on the letter addressed to the HC chief justice.
The bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma also appointed advocate Vikas Bahuguna as amicus curiae (advisor to the court) in the matter and gave the respondents two weeks to respond to the notices.
Earlier, the bar association, in its letter, had said that not imposing a hard lockdown in the state may claim hundreds of human lives. The letter was signed by both association’s president and secretary. The bar association members told TOI that at least 19 advocates have died due to Covid-related complications in the hill state so far.
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