The Madras High Court on Monday blamed the Election Commission of India for the raging second wave of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The court asked if the officials were in some other planet when Assembly election rallies were taken out by political parties, without adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols despite several judicial orders. According to the court, the ECI should probably be booked for murder.
In addition, the court on Sunday threatened to stop the counting of the votes if they do not place a blueprint. Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said, “Public health is paramount. Distressing that constitutional authorities ought to be reminded. It is only when a citizen survives that he’ll be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees.”
The High Court today was hearing a petition by Tamil Nadu Transport Minister MR Vijayabaskar seeking Covid compliance in counting halls in Karur constituency.
The Madras High Court told ECI, “Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of COVID-19. Your officers should be booked on murder charges probably.” The court said that despite the court orders, the ECI failed to enforce Covid safety rules like masks, sanitisers and distancing during campaigning despite court orders.
The bench told ECI, “You 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 the court saying ‘maintain Covid protocol, maintain Covid protocol’,”
Other than that, the High Court has also asked ECI for a plan to enforce Covid rules on May 2 by Friday, without which, the counting could also be stopped. The court said, “Now we assure you we will stop counting if we do not find before May 2 a blueprint on how proper maintenance of Covid protocol will be maintained so that this state does not succumb to your idiosyncrasies any further.”
Besides, the orders are expected to come later today.