High Court notice to EC and Home Ministry, says why not following corona protocols in rallies

Apr 08 2021 02:29 PM
High Court notice to EC and Home Ministry, says why not following corona protocols in rallies

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sent a notice to the Election Commission on a petition filed by leaders at an election rally amid the fast-growing corona cases in the country alleging violation of corona protocol. The court has also sought a response from the Home Ministry in the matter. The petition demands that the Central Election Commission be directed to direct the officials on election duty to strictly follow the directions issued by the Central Government.

The petition said the Election Commission should discharge legal constitutional obligations under Article 324. The petition was filed in the High Court on March 17 by Vikram Singh, chairman of former Uttar Pradesh DGP think tank CASC. The court, hearing the petition on March 22, issued a notice asking the Union Home Ministry, the Election Commission to respond by April 30.

In the last hearing, advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for petitioner Vikram Singh, had argued that the election commission's plea was baseless amid the growing threat of an epidemic. According to the February 26 Commission notification, every person involved in any election-related activity is required to wear a mask. Advocate Virag Gupta cited Justice Harishankar took cognizance of the issue of passengers not wearing masks during Kolkata-Delhi flights.

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