Karnataka-Kerala border issue: SC favours amicable resolution

Karnataka-Kerala border issue: SC favours amicable resolution

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New Delhi, Apr 3: The Supreme Court on Friday favoured an amicable resolution of dispute while hearing a petition dealing with Karnataka-Kerala border issue during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

"We are favouring an amicable resolution of the ongoing dispute which arises due to the Covid 19 crisis," the Apex Court bench, headed by Justice L Nageshwar Rao, said.

The Apex Court was hearing the petition filed by Congress MP from Kerala's Kasaragod, Rajmohan Unnithan, seeking directions to Karnataka govt to open Karnataka-Kerala border to allow movement of ambulances & other emergency vehicles and for the transport of essential and non-essential items to Kerala.

The bench of the Apex Court today asked the Union Health Secretary to have a meeting with health secretaries of both states. No state should precipitate the matter at this juncture, it said. The Karnataka Government has challenged an order of opening the border to allow patients from Kasargod to travel to Mangalore for treatment. Karnataka said this would hamper the state's effort to contain COVID-19 since Kasargod is a hotspot of the virus. (UNI)