Tripura High Court Dismisses Petitions Against Former DM Sailesh Kumar Yadav Over Controversial COVID-19 Raids

Northeast desk, 23rd May: The Tripura High Court has dismissed three petitions filed against Sailesh Kumar Yadav, the former district magistrate of West Tripura, regarding his controversial raids on two marriage halls during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. The raids, conducted on April 26, 2021, targeted alleged violations of COVID-19 norms at ‘Golab Bagan’ and ‘Manikya Court.’

During these raids, 31 individuals, including 19 women, were detained for reportedly breaching the Disaster Management Act’s rules. This led to the filing of two writ petitions and a public interest litigation (PIL) against Yadav, challenging the legality and necessity of his actions.

The petitions were reviewed by a division bench comprising Chief Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh and Justice Arindam Lodh. After thorough consideration, the bench dismissed all three petitions.

Yadav, currently serving as the commissioner of the Agartala Municipal Corporation, played a significant role in enforcing COVID-19 protocols during the pandemic’s second wave. While his actions sparked controversy, they were part of broader efforts to enforce public health guidelines and ensure compliance with pandemic-related restrictions.

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