Kochi: The High Court of Kerala has instructed the state government to issue passes to those stranded at Walayar check post.
However, the verdict is applicable only for those who reached Walayar the previous day and got stranded there. The HC also instructed people outside the state not to leave for Kerala without securing a pass.
The High Court was considering a petition filed by people stranded at the check post. The court said that it cannot relax the lockdown regulations in the state and so everyone will have to cooperate with the regulations.
The government had informed the court that no one can be allowed to enter the state without the required passes. Even though things are under control at the moment, if people start entering the state without passes, it would destroy the surveillance system developed by the government until now.
Following this, the High Court instructed to allow passes to only those who are stranded at Walayar check post. The court also instructed others not to cross the border without the pass.
The Court stated that it has its own limitations in changing the guidelines followed by state and central government as part of disease prevention. The government has mandated that one should leave their place of stay only after securing a pass. Hence it cannot be said that the government is acting inhumanely, the court observed.
Institutional quarantine is mandatory for those people coming from COVID hotspots. The government informed that passes are being given to all those who are applying.
Currently, 1,40,000 people have applied for passes out of which 59,000 people have been granted passes. As many as 26,000 people have reached the state after securing the pass.