Madras HC slams ECI for the second wave of COVID

Madras High Court has blamed the Election Commission of India(ECI) for the second wave of COVID spread in Tamil Nadu.

The High Court tried the writ petition filed by AIADMK candidate for Karur constituency and Transport Minister M R Vijiayabhaskar. During the hearing, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy stressed that public health was of paramount importance.

The judges have commented that the main reason for the second wave of COVID spread was the indifference shown by the political parties and their lethargic campaigns. The court further said that the Election Commission should be held responsible for the rapid surge in the number of COVID cases across the state.

The court also mentioned that it would not be unfair even if murder charges are imposed on the ECI, holding it accountable for the deaths due to COVID 19. “This situation now is of survival and protection and everything comes next,” the judges said.

They warned the ECI of stalling the vote-counting scheduled for May 2, and ordering postponement of counting to June or July, if a detailed report on the maintenance of COVID-19 protocol at the counting centres was not produced before the court by April 30.

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