“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 primary bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy stated.
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“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,” the court docket added.
With 3,52,991 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, the highest so far, India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases has climbed to 1,73,13,163 while active cases have crossed the 28-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The death toll increased to
“At no cost, the counting of votes on May 2 result in being a catalyst to a further surge, politics or no politics and whether the counting takes place in a staggered manner or deferred. Public health is of paramount importance and it is distressing that constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard…” the court docket added.
The bench made the observations whereas listening to a plea moved Tamil Nadu transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar in search of course to the ECI to comply with a slew of measures aimed toward guaranteeing equity within the counting of votes on May 2 in Karur constituency since 77 candidates had contested within the constituency.
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