The Madras High Court on Monday held the Election Commission of India responsible for allowing political rallies in the middle of deadly second wave of Covid-19.
“The EC is singularly responsible for the second wave of Covid-19 by not stopping political parties from holding election rallies”, Madras HC Chief Justice Sanjib Bannerjee said on Monday as he reprimanded the poll body.
The Madras HC observed that the Election Commission officials should be booked for murder.
“Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of Covid-19. Election Commission officers should be booked on murder charges probably,” the HC observed.
The Madras HC also warned that it will stop counting on May 2 if the Election Commission does not put in place a a plan for following proper protocol.
The court said public health is of utmost importance and that it was disturbing to see that constitutional authorities have to be reminded of it.
It is only when a citizen survives that he’ll be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees,” the Chief Justice said.