Chennai, Apr 26 (ILNS): The Madras High Court today held the Election Commission “singularly” responsible for the massive Covid surge across the country.
The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy uttered what has been on everybody’s lips and asked the EC officials, “Were you on another planet when political rallies were being held?”
The Bench was referring to the massive election rallies hels across the poll-bound states, with people without masks becoming super spreaders of COVID-19. The Court asked why were these rallies not stopped by the EC.
The Bench went so far as to say that it will stop the counting on May 2, if strict COVID-19 protocols are not devised by it.
The observations were made on a plea filed by Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar, who wanted the Court to direct the Commission to strictly adhere to safety measures, while ensuring fairness in counting.
The Bench said, “At no cost can the counting result in a catalyst for a further surge, politics or no politics, whether the counting takes place in a staggered manner or is deferred.”
While the EC said that safety measures have been put in place and promised to file a detailed affidavit on the same, the Bench said, “Election Commission Officers should be booked on murder charges probably.” ILNS\SJ\RJ