On May 1, Election commission reached out to Supreme Court against Madras High Court calling the committee ‘blatantly disparaging remarks’ for holding polls amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The court said that the Madras Court should not have had passed such comments on the EC. This was remarked a day before the counting of votes in four states and one Union Territory where Assembly elections were held recently. The election body called the high court’s remarks “uncalled for, blatantly disparaging, and derogatory.”

Mocking the EC for “not stopping political parties” from violating COVID-19 protocols during their campaign rallies, the Madras High Court had said that murder charges should probably be imposed on the panel for being “the only institution responsible for the situation that we are in today and which is out of control now.”

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The Madras High court shared their observations and said it for EC that, “You have been singularly lacking any kind of exercise of authority. You have not taken measures against political parties holding rallies despite every order of this court saying ‘maintain COVID-19 protocol, maintain COVID-19 protocol’

Cancelling requests by senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, representing Election Commission of India, to direct media houses to sum up their reports to written orders and to refrain from reporting vocal observations of judges during the court’s further proceedings, the court said the Commission can anyway approach the courts “if any frivolous complaints are made”.

The HC also made some observations relating to the public interests under the petition filed by the transport minister of Tamil Nadu M. R. Vijayabhaskar, he had sought some of the directions to the ECI to follow measures aimed at ensuring the fair deal in the counting of votes on 2nd of May.

Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee remarked that, “Election Commission officers should be booked on murder charges probably”. Also Justice told the Election commission, “Public health is of paramount importance and it is distressing that constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard. It is only when a citizen survives that he’ll be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees.”

 

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