Madras High Court Blames Election Commission For COVID Spread


Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday blamed the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

“Your institution is singularly responsible for the situation today. No action is taken against political parties raking out rallies despite court orders,” Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee said.

It also said that EC officials ought to be probably booked for murder for allowing huge political rallies during a pandemic.

“Your officials should be booked on murder charges probably.” He was sitting beside Justice Senthikumar Ramamoorthy.

The bench was hearing a petition raising concerns over the lack of a plan to enforce covid protocols during counting on March 2. The petition related to counting in the Karur constituency where about 77 candidates are contesting the elections.

The bench expressed its displeasure over the Commission allowing huge political rallies in which social distancing norms and masking were thrown to the winds. Despite court orders, these norms are not being enforced, he said.

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