COVID-19: Kerala High Court rejects plea seeking online sale of liquor

South India

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday rejected the petition seeking the online sale of liquor to reduce crowd at the liquor outlets in the wake of COVID-19 threat.

According to the report,G Jyothish, an Aluva native, had filed the plea.

"While the state is struggling to cope with the threat, such a petition is an attempt to mock the judiciary. The petitioner has to pay Rs 50,000 to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund within two weeks," the High Court observed.

"While the courts consider only cases of urgent importance in the public interest, this selfish behaviour is condemned," the court said.

On Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that twelve more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala.

Of the new cases, six persons are from Kasaragod, five from Ernakulam and one from Palakkad. 

CM said the new cases in Kasargode were caused by a person, who recently returned from abroad, and did not follow the self-quarantine measures. 

He took a flight to Karipur and stayed there for a day. From there he took a train to Kasargod.

In the following days, he attended several public events without taking any precautions, including a football game, a club, and a ceremony at home.

Two MLAs in Kasargod have also come under surveillance. Both had physical contact with the infected patient via handshake and hugging.

So far, total 40 persons have tested positive for COVID-19, out of them three have been discharged.

There are 44,390 people under surveillance in the state. Of these, 44,165 are in isolation at home and total of 225 people are hospitalized.


With inputs from Agency

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