Supreme Court: A division bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah will hear the petition of the Election Commission on 3 May.
Supreme Court (File Photo)
The Madras High Court sharply criticized the Election Commission, calling it ‘alone’ responsible for the second wave of Kovid-19 in the country and said that it was “the most irresponsible institution”. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has approached the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s comments. The Election Commission has filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Saturday.
The petition sought the removal of the “derogatory remarks” of the High Court and stated that the High Court itself is a constitutional body. The Election Commission is also a constitutional body, so the High Court should not have made such comments. The petition of the Election Commission is listed for hearing on May 3 before the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice MR Shah.
The Madras High Court had said in a sharp remark that a case can also be registered against the officials of the Election Commission on murder charges. The commission allowed political parties to spread the epidemic by allowing rallies and meetings. The court said, “Are you living on another planet?”
The court heard the public interest petition of the state transport minister
A bench of Chief Justice Sanjeev Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamurthy made this remark while hearing the PIL filed by the AIADMK candidate from Karur and the state transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar in the Assembly elections held on April 6. In this petition, it was urged to give instructions to the authorities to ensure fair counting by following the anti-Kovid-19 rules in Karur on May 2.
The petitioner had said that 77 candidates have tried their luck in the elections held in Karur constituency, in which case it will be very difficult to give their agent a place in the counting hall. This may affect the adherence to the rules. When the Election Commission counsel told the judges that all necessary steps were being taken, the bench said that it had cleared the way for the second wave of Kovid-19 by allowing political parties to hold rallies and meetings. .
Madras High Court had warned the Election Commission
The Chief Justice had said that the Election Commission should be held ‘alone’ for spreading the second wave of epidemic in the country. The judges had verbally warned that they would not hesitate to stop the counting of votes on May 2. Assembly elections have been held recently in four states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and Union Territory of Puducherry. The counting of the assembly elections of these states will be held on May 2.
(With input of news agency language)
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