Supreme Court asks Karnataka, Kerala to amicably resolve border issue


New Delhi, Apr 3 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday asked the governments of Karnataka and Kerala to amicably resolve the border issue amid the three-week nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Karnataka government had moved the apex court challenging the Kerala High Court, which directed the Centre to remove the border blockade imposed by the state government restricting movement of patients from Kerala to access emergency medical care in hospitals.

A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta said chief secretaries of Kerala and Karnataka should hold a discussion with the Union health secretary and work out a solution amicably to facilitate the movement of people for medical treatment.

Earlier, a petition was filed by Kerala MP Rajmohan Unnithan challenging Karnataka's decision on restricting movement on the border.

The Kerala government had filed a caveat on the matter. The Supreme Court observed that no state government should precipitate the matter at this juncture when a nationwide lockdown is in place to contain the spread of the virus.

In its petition, Karnataka government claimed the implementation of the High Court order would lead to law and order issues as the local population is objecting to the movement of people from Kasargod district, which has a high number of COVID-19 cases.

The Karnataka government insisted that this would hamper its efforts since Kasargod is a hotspot of coronavirus cases, and the border was sealed in the interest of public health emergency.

It claimed the High Court of Kerala overstepped its territorial jurisdiction under Article 226(2) of the Constitution. The High Court held Karnataka's road blockade resulted in the denial of access to health services, which amounted to infringement of right to life under Article 21.

"The High Court failed to consider that the hospitals in Mangaluru, Dakshin Kannada district, are already overburdened and the people residing in Mangaluru are in panic due to the increasing number of cases in the Districts of Kerala, especially in Kasargod district. It is humbly submitted that the resources of the State of Karnataka are hard pressed and it is very difficult to cater to the needs of new patients from the State of Kerala," said the Karnataka government petition.

The case is essentially a dispute between two state governments; hence it falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 131. Therefore, the High Court should have not passed orders on the PIL, Karnataka government said.

 

 

  

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  • Abc, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    If at all need to get treated for Covid-19 for Keralites, why can't they use ground or hotels or trains for treating them? Why they want to come to Mangalore if real intention of lockdown is to stop the spread of Covid-19? People from Kerala should request their govt to treat them in their hometown only and stop coming to Mangalore. They should think about other people also. Their aim is to get treatment and let them get it there itself. Otherwise pass the order to cancel the lockdown. Let all state people come to Mangalore for treatment.

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Maintain Status quo. Dont yield to anybody. Tomorrow we have to suffer not kerala people.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    The APEX COURT should have given a judgement to maintain "status quo", but it has not, WHY??

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Let Kerala government turn 2 or 3 of its 4 International airports into makeshift hospitals for a certain time.
    All Airports are currently shut down. It can do so by turning airports into hospitals.
    The Karnataka government secretary can give that suggestion.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    As expected SC has pushed the ball back to the fighting parties as the issue is very sensitive, it has not even told to maintain status quo, which implies Kerala appeal has got enough weight!

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  • Lakshman, Manjeshwar

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    The same was done by Kerala High Court. It asked several times to resolve the issues amicably.

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  • Indian, Dubai

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Around 75 percent patients are from kerala taking treatment in mangalore. Around 50 percent business in mangalore are by keralaits. Soon several multispeçiality hospitals are coming in kasaragod. Wait and see situation in mangalore.

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  • Sharath, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Our dubai babu stuck in Dubai..Dont wrry sir..we mangalorian can handle situation.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Nice predictions... When you know 70% of uour your patients take treatment here then why you all didnt build multi-specialty hospitals your state ? 50% business is in Mangaluru you are saying, why you all didnt want to set up in Kerala. Agree that, rigorous strikes, crab nature of your people didnt allow to do so in your State. No one is working for some one just like that without thinking their profit and keralites never..Just see our Mangaluru station, difficult to beieve we are in Mangaluru...encroached like cockroaches....by the way please add how much is the total of 70% and 50%. ?

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  • Sanjay, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    70%, 50%... where do you get this numbers from ? Are you a data analyst ? data scientist ? please provide data backing your claim. coming to numbers please also add that 75% of the problems in Mangalore is because of you KL-14, Mangaloreans never begged you Kasargod people to come and get treated in our hospitals nor we ask you to come and shop in our malls in Mangalore. You come here coz you have better options in every field be it medical or shopping!! I just recently visited a medical centere in falnir, i could see patients from kasargod flocking. One patient comes with his whole family including kids. This is what we mangaloreans want to avoid at this moment!!!

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    Chetaa, You are living in a fools paradise. Don't ever under estimate Mangaloreans. Do not understand from which madrassa you are getting all these statistics about Mangalore hospitals and businesses.

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  • k b r, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    "The case is essentially a dispute between two state governments; hence it falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under Article 131. Therefore, the High Court should have not passed orders on the PIL, Karnataka government said."

    Kerala High court gave "order" in this case...SC has handled it very nicely and KN also put forth the case very logically...now KL should build hospital for kasaragod patients...it is a challenge the state (claiming to be Gods own country and most literate state of India, 20000 crores set aside for pandemic) should accept without further trying to pass responsibility and hard work to some other state...In good times tricks and crooks can be tackled but at this time KL has to do soul searching and hardwork in the interest North Kerala people...

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    What Supreme Court said is "to facilitate the movement of people for medical treatment", both states should discuss and find a way out.

    But the fact is that whether Karnataka opens the border or not, Pinarayi Vijayan is going to score. If Karnataka opens the borders, Pinarayi Vijayan emerges a clear winner and if Karnataka does not open, the BJP in Kerala loses whatever little they have. It is Heads I win and Tails You Lose situation between BJP and Kerala CM

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  • k b r, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 4 2020

    BJP prefers 'losing' kerala where it has no base...rather than losing KN where it is ruling...Modiji already compared KL to Somalia...in this game of Piranayi Vijayan, Vijayan is the clear loser, running from pillar to post, admitting his inability to save his people and generating dislike for keralites in KN...Vijayan made himself and his state laughing stock...first time in India, one self boasted state admitting that it is dependent on another state for medical facilities...

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  • Naresh, Kerala

    Mon, Apr 6 2020

    BJP prefers it or not, we wanted to throw them into the dustbin of history as far as Kerala is concerned. Secondly Modiji comparing Kerala to Somalia is because of his ignorance. Somalia is known for hunger deaths. Whereas Kerala stands No.2 after Punjab in terms of Hunger Index whereas Karnataka is a distant 11th. Globally India is at 102 out of 117 countries in Global Hunger Index under Modiji. Earlier ranking of India was 95. So it is very evident who is leading the country towards Somalian situation. All the countries below India are African countries.

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Mangalore is following the lockdown so that covid 19 should not spread and the chain should be broken. If the borders are open patients from Kasargod with all their family members will visit the hospitals and create a big panic. In normal times the scenario is the same and this will continue. So our district administration should not open the borders. If it's done then there is no need of lockdown in Mangalore .

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  • Aadil Khan, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    I think Karnataka should strictly stop people coming from Kerala at the border, till such time the Covid-19 case is zero there, no matter if required till June.

    It is absolutely in the interest of well-being of peaople here in Mangalore and Karnataka at large.

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Ignore kasargod

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  • Sachin D'Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    This is decision is on expected lines by the supreme court. The purpose of lockdown is lost if you open borders. Lockdown is for each district and each state. If you open borders to move between districts and state, how are going to contain the virus ? The need of the hour is to contain the virus.

    Kasargod is the hotspot for corona virus and several quarantined people from there have acted irresponsibly leading to the outbreak. Kasargod had more coronavirus cases than entire Karnataka state put together. Our District and state authorities have done fairly good job so far. If lockdown is not taken seriously and borders are opened you are going to put not only Mangalore but the whole India in jeopardy.

    Well there is always a humanitarian ground but it cannot be at the expense of over burdening the health care system and life of citizens of Mangalore especially in a lockdown scenario. Kerala state should implement lockdown seriously atleast now and make sure the patients are taken care of in their own state.

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Looking at the gravity of the situation, it is the duty of Karnataka Govt to implement strict Border closure with Kerala to safeguard its people from further damage!

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    SC should tell Kerala to invest on hospitals for its citizens...not depend on Karnataka

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    In expected lines...Wise decision by SC...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • VINOD P I, KOCHI

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    If Karnataka became the hotspot for corona virus and asks Kerala to open its borders for patients from Karnataka, what will be the response of kerala state government and people in kasargod? 🤔

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  • Samadarshi, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    No mention about mithun rai's slp.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Cheta,
    Please keep all your inter district borders open for Kasargod and get your hot spot cooled down. Why you are praying now Karnataka to become hot spot for virus. First clean Kasargod of all other viruses as well and you will see the difference.

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  • PK, Bengaluru

    Fri, Apr 3 2020

    Is it in Keralite ppl to be helping others??Kerala ppl r dependent on Mangaluru & Karnataka from Fish,Vegetables & other stuff.Karnataka is never dependent on Kerala or never has been.

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