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‘It might create more panic’

HC bench refuses to interfere in govt’s Covid measures

A High Court bench yesterday said more panic might be created if it interfered with the government's decisions and actions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The government has been trying its best to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. If we interfere in this situation, it might lead to more panic and confusion in the society," the bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Sardar Md Rashed Jahangir said, after a writ petition was filed seeking its directive on the government to formulate comprehensive short, mid and long-term national plans in Covid-19 management and to vaccinate all vulnerable citizens, irrespective of age.

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The court refused to pass an order, asking how the government can formulate a comprehensive national plan for a virus whose patterns even national and international experts cannot predict.

The HC bench told the petitioners that the country is yet to reach an emergency situation where the court should pass such an order. It asked Mohammd Humayun Kabir Pallab, one of the writ petitioners, to wait and see how the situation develops and move the same writ petition should an emergency arise later on.

Justice Enayetur Rahim also remarked that public gatherings and people's lack of their awareness about Covid-19 are beyond control and that they need to be made conscious of the situation.

On April 27, Supreme Court lawyers Mohammad Humayun Kabir Pallab and Mohammed Kawsar had jointly filed the writ petition with the HC.

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