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COVID-19 Second Wave: Madras Excessive Court docket holds EC accountable, says its officers could also be booked for homicide

The courtroom was irked when the EC’s counsel submitted within the courtroom that each one mandatory steps are being undertaken.

As India continues to report a file variety of COVID-19 instances, deaths and a scarcity of beds in addition to Oxygen, the Madras Excessive Court docket yesterday got here down onerous on the Election Fee for holding polls within the midst of such a grave disaster. The HC rapped the EC and held the establishment singularly liable for the COVID-19 unfold. The courtroom known as it the “most irresponsible establishment” saying that its officers could also be booked on homicide fees.

A bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy famous that the EC permitting political events to carry public rallies had led to the fast unfold of the pandemic.

The bench made the observations whereas listening to a public curiosity writ filed by Karur AIADMK candidate and Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskar who sought the courtroom’s path to EC to make sure honest vote-counting in Karur on Could 2 by taking efficient steps and correct preparations following COVID-19 protocols. Vijayabaskar had alleged that since there are 77 candidates from the Karur constituency, it will be troublesome to accommodate their brokers within the counting corridor.

The courtroom was irked when the EC’s counsel submitted within the courtroom that each one mandatory steps are being undertaken. The bench shot again saying that by permitting the political events to carry rallies, the Fee had paved the way in which for the resurgence of the second COVID-19 wave.

The judges verbally warned that they might not hesitate to cease the counting of votes on Could 2. The judges noticed that public well being is of paramount significance and it’s distressing that constitutional authorities should be reminded in such regard.

The courtroom requested the EC to file an in depth report by April 30 on the blueprint of the Covid-19 protocol to be adopted on the counting day. It requested the EC to seek the advice of the state Well being Division whereas making ready the blueprint.

The meeting elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry have been held on April 6 whereas Assam voted in three phases and Bengal is voting in an eight-phase election.

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