HC blames Election Commission for COVID 2nd wave; says officers should be booked on charges of murder

Bhubaneswar: Chief Justice of Madras High Court Sanjib Banerjee today came down heavily on the Election Commission of India (ECI) holding  it  responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Addressing to the ECI Counsel, the Chief Justice said, “Your institution is solely responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 and your officers should probably be booked on charges of murder.” He slammed the ECI for allowing election rallies during the worsening period of the pandemic.

Despite orders from the Court, the Commission failed to enforce COVID appropriate behaviour during  rallies and campaigning, the HC observed.

Further, the Court warned the Commission that it will stop counting of votes scheduled on May 2 if the ECI does not put in place a blueprint to ensure proper adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

The Bench, comprising Justice Senthil Kumar Ramamoorthy, directed that the blueprint must be placed before the Court on April 30.

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