Supreme Court PIL in SC seeks postponement of UP Panchayat polls...

PIL in SC seeks postponement of UP Panchayat polls 2021

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (ILNS) A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the order of the Allahabad High Court, which refused to postpone the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Elections 2021, scheduled from April 15.

The plea stated, “The Health and Medical Infrastructure in the state of Uttar Pradesh is on the edge of collapse and has collapsed in Lucknow due to the sudden exponential surge in the cases of COVID-19, much beyond the capacity of the State Machinery to handle, or the existing medical facilities. Presently, the situation is so bad that there is shortfall of woods at ghats of Varanasi and Lucknow to burn the dead.”

The Allahabd High Court had, on April 7, dismissed the PIL stating, “All necessary care as such shall be taken by the State to prevent spread of infection during the course of panchayat raj elections.”

The petitioners had submitted before the High Court that looking at the massive surge in Coronavirus infection in different parts of the state, it would be against the public interest to hold panchayat elections in rural areas. The elections would be causing enormous injury to the health of public at large and that would be in contravention to Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the Counsel for the petitioner added.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery had noted, “This Court has also issued certain directions in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No 574 of 2020 (In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive vs State of UP) for the state government to follow during the entire process of elections”. ILNS/GM-KR/SNG/RJ

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