Corona quagmire// The cause we espoused gets support in the Supreme Court

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Immediately after the Orissa High Court inscribed its order in the matter of migrant workmen, ORISSA MATTERS pointed out how harmful that would be to Orissa’s innumerable heroes of labor and called upon the State Government to move the Supreme Court against the illogical order of the High Court on the grounds stated in the articles noted bellow:

1. High Court verdict should be challenged by the State Govt

2. High Court order needs nullification

Sadly, the Govt. of Orissa slept over our demand. But the Supreme Court of India have stayed the order of the High Court on a mentioning made by the Solicitor General Mr. Tushar Mehta on an urgent Special Leave Petition filed by the Ministry of Home affairs, Govt. of India, this afternoon.

Here is the Order of the Virtual Court No.2 comprising Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashok Bhusan, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kkaul and Hon’ble Mr. Justice
B.R. Gaval:

Learned Solicitor General submits that while boarding trains all the stranded migrants are screened and only those who found as asymptomatic are allowed to proceed.

We are of the view that the order of the Government of India dated 29.04.2020 provides ample protection. It appears that before the High Court the order of the Government of India dated 29.04.2020 and the guidelines were neither brought into the notice nor were under challenge.

In view of the aforesaid, we stay the interim order dated 07.05.2020. We further clarify that the stranded migrants shall be dealt with as per the order/guidelines of the Government of India dated 29.04.2020 read with the guidelines dated 01.05.2020 issued thereunder by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

This is how we had prodded the Central as well as the State Government and noteworthy law makers to move the Supreme Court with the input we placed in the articles. The Hon’ble Supreme Court was also given the same in tweets,including the audio version of the write-ups.

The cause we espoused has won a great battle.

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