Chief Justice asks if its officials were on some other planet when political parties took out election rallies that violated safety protocols
The Madras High Court on Monday squarely blamed the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the raging second wave of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and asked if the officials were in some other planet when political parties took out Assembly election rallies without adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols despite several judicial orders.
Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said public health was of paramount importance and that it was distressing to note that Constitutional authorities had to be reminded of it. Only when a citizen survives, would he/she be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees to him/her, they said.
“This situation now is of survival and protection and everything comes next,” the judges said. They warned the ECI of stalling the counting of votes scheduled for May 2, and ordering postponement of counting to June or July, if a blueprint on the maintenance of COVID-19protocol at the counting centers was not produced before the court by April 30. PTI