The Karnataka government has moved the Supreme Court challenging a Kerala High Court order asking the Centre to intervene and remove the blockades erected by it on the national highways connecting the two states for ferrying essential goods amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The plea will be taken up for hearing by a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta on Friday. The state government's plea filed by advocate Shubhranshu Padhi said, "The issue involved in the present SLP (special leave petition) is with regard to the closure of a road between the State of Karnataka and State of Kerala in order to combat the spread of the pandemic COVID-19...from the bordering Districts of the States."
The plea said that the order of the Kerala High Court has been passed wholly without any jurisdiction and is thus liable to be set aside.
"The said direction has been passed despite the earlier observations in the same Impugned Order that the High Court had no territorial jurisdiction to issue any direction to the State of Karnataka to remove any impediments which are located in the State of Karnataka. On the face of it, the Impugned Order has been passed wholly without any jurisdiction and is thus liable to be set aside on this ground alone, the plea said.
The state government said that Karnataka has locked down its borders in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 except the movement of essential commodities.