With the Assembly Elections in four States fast approaching, the Delhi High Court today issued notice in a petition to debar campaigners and candidates, permanently or for a sufficiently long period, who repeatedly violate the mandatory COVID-19 protocols issued by the election regulator.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh sought response from the Central and the Election Commission.
The petitioner before Court is Dr Vikram Singh, former Director General (Police) of Uttar Pradesh.
The petitioner informs that while announcing the elections for the State Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry, the Election Commission mandated that every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity.
It is the petitioner’s grievance that the same was not being followed by campaigners and political leaders, which impacts the fundamental right to life of all.
“Election rallies are attended by thousands of persons, even a single Covid positive person can cause the event to become a super spreader. The Election Commission has issued the necessary directive, but is failing to implement the same,” the petition states.
The petitioner has also informed that he had sent a representation to the authorities but has not received any reply.
Appearing for the Commission, Advocate Sidhant Kumar objected to the maintainability of the petition on the ground that the elections were not taking place within the jurisdiction of the High Court.
Advocate Virag Gupta appeared for the petitioner.
The matter would be heard next on April 30.