Chennai, Mar 30 (ILNS) Disposing of a plea seeking mandation of COVID-19 test for candidates contesting the Legislative Assembly Elections (SPV Paul Raj v. The Chief Electoral Officer and anr), the Madras High Court today banned the petitioner from filing PILs for one year.
The petitioner had raised concerns over COVID-19 risks since the election candidates mingle with crowds during election campaigns.
The brief hearing in the matter saw Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee ask the petitioner’s counsel, “Don’t have anything better to waste the court’s time? It is hoped (in the future) that some degree of responsibility will be exercised before throwing such rubbish at the court.”
In the order passed subsequently, the Bench, which also comprised Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, handed out a conditional one-year ban on filing PILs to the petitioner.
“There is no need for candidates to subject to such (medical) test merely because some odd citizen requires it…the petitioner will remain restrained from instituting any PIL for a year without first obtaining leave of the relevant Bench,” the Court said. ILNS/SNG/RJ