Since the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020, the economy has been reeling under tremendous pressure from severe livelihood losses (78 percent), rising unemployment rate (47 percent), severe decline in consumption and production and an almost 24 percent contraction in GDP.
Supreme Court hears a petition seeking refund of airfare of tickets booked during lockdown, Supreme Court issues notice in matter of postponement of UPSC exams to Centre and UPSC, Bombay HC refuses to allow plea seeking re-opening of worship places.
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The halt brought in various sectors by the novel virus Covid-19 is now being jiggled to open up the sectors. After a streak of complete lockdowns, a streak of ‘unlocking’ has now joined its hands with the former.
The Supreme Court has held: "When the court passed specific orders directing the states to file affidavits, the court’s intention was to see the working of the aforesaid acts. Non-filing of affidavit clearly indicates that the states are not interested in implementing the aforesaid enactments.”
SC has allowed the registration of all BS IV vehicles which were sold in March. The order has come as a relief to thousands of customers who purchased BS IV vehicles in March but could not be get them registered before the deadline of March 31, in the wake of the COVID pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking the setting up of an independent inquiry commission to look into the into “the government’s gross mismanagement of the COVID 19 pandemic in India.”
Delhi High Court has issued Notice to Ministry of Law and Justice, Bar Council of India, Bar Council of Delhi, Rouse Avenue District Court Bar Association, Central Delhi Court Bar Association and Registrar of Societies.