On Monday, the Madras High Court exclaimed that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is responsible for the deadly coronavirus resurgence the country is facing today.
The High Court said that the ECI is the most irresponsible institution and should be put up on murder charges for not stopping political parties from deliberately neglecting COVID-19 protocols.
“ECI is the only institution responsible for the situation that we are in today. They have been singularly lacking any kind of exercise of authority. They have not taken measures against political parties holding rallies despite every order of the court to maintain COVID-19 protocols,” said the first bench of the Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy.
“Now we assure ECI will stop counting if we do not find a blueprint on how COVID-19 protocols will be maintained properly before May 2 so that the state does not succumb to your idiosyncrasies any further,” the court added.
“At no cost, the counting of votes on May 2 should result in being a catalyst to a further COVID-19 surge. Public health is of paramount importance, and it is distressing that constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard,” said the High Court.
The High Court has made such remarks while hearing a plea moved by Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskhar to direct the ECI to ensure fairness in counting votes on May 2 in Karur Constituency since as many as 77 candidates had contested in the elections.
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