New Delhi, May 5: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking an urgent intervention against the eviction of students by their landlords in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown despite a government order to the contrary.

“We are not inclined to entertain this petition under Article 32 of the Constitution. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan recorded in the order, The Hindu reported.

The plea filed by advocate Pawan Prakash Pathak complained that the evictions were violative of a Ministry of Home Affairs order on March 29 that landlords should not collect rent or evict students and labourers for a month in the wake of the virus spread.

“Places like Delhi, Mumbai, Kota City and Chennai have a large population of students. They are comparatively lower in the income scale. With the extension of lockdown till May 3, they are facing problems paying rent as the source of income during this period is nil and savings with their families are minimal. They are dependent on the services of NGOs and government for food,” the petition had said.

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