India Election Commission responsible for spreading Covid-19, should probably be...

Election Commission responsible for spreading Covid-19, should probably be booked for murder: Madras High Court

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The Madras High Court on Monday said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is singularly responsible for spreading Covid-19 in the country and murder charges should probably be imposed on it for its “irresponsible” behaviour.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, while criticising the ECI said, “You (ECI) are the only institution responsible for the situation that we are in today.”

“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 protocol, maintain Covid protocol’,” the court said.

“Politics or no politics, whether the counting takes place in a staggered manner or deferred…At no cost, the counting of votes on May 2 result in being a catalyst to a further surge. Public health is of paramount importance and it is distressing that constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard…” the court added.

Meanwhile, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee welcomed the Madras High Court’s observations.

“I welcome the Madras High Court order, which clearly said the EC cannot escape its responsibility. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EC are responsible for the (current) situation (of Covid spreading in the state),” Banerjee alleged at a workers’ meeting in Kolkata.

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