Notice issued to Election Commission and Center on violation of Covid rules in election campaign

New Delhi: The High Court, Delhi on Thursday issued a notice to the Election Commission of India and the Center seeking answers from both on a petition filed by the former Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police. They have been asked to wear masks and make social second mandatory during the ongoing election campaigns in various states.

The petition filed by Vikram Singh states that Covid-19 norms are not being followed during the ongoing election campaign in various states.

He further said that on one hand, strict action is being taken against the common man for violating the norms of Covid across the country. On the other hand, no action is being taken on the politicians who organize rallies.

Consequently, Singh said that the Delhi High Court should give directions to ensure that candidates campaigning and contesting elections are suspended or asked to take precaution.

Another petition on a similar issue is pending before the Delhi High Court. A bench headed by the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court asked the Election Commission and the Center to take notice of Vikram Singh’s plea with the case already pending before the court and reply in three weeks. The two petitions will be heard together for hearing on 30 April.

(With agency inputs)