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Lockdown : SC rejects plea seeking implementation of MHA order to landlords to not to take rent


New Delhi, (UNI)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the Union government to ensure implementation of Ministry of Home Affairs's order to landlords to not to evict labourers and students and seek rent for a month due to Covid lockdown. 

The bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and also comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai, dismissed the plea saying the Apex Court cannot force the government to implement orders. 

The petitioners, lawyers Pawan Prakash Pathak and A K Pandey, through their plea, claimed that despite MHA orders, several instances have surfaced where landlords were forcing the tenants (students/labourers) to either pay the rent or vacate the premises. 

The Court told the petitioners that the Centre has setup a helpline for any Covid related issues. It also asked them to withdraw the plea and approach a concerned authorities for relief. "These are difficult times and generalised petitions cannot be filed. Make a representation to the government if you are aggrieved," Justice Kaul observed. 


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