SC says COVID can’t be floor for suspending Bihar polls

New Delhi, August 28

Stating that COVID-19 can’t be a floor for suspending elections, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL searching for to defer the Bihar meeting polls until the state is freed from the novel coronavirus.

The Election Commission of India would take into account every part, a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned.

The bench, additionally comprising Justices RS Reddy and MR Shah, mentioned it was a untimely petition as no notification for the meeting polls has been issued until now.

The petitioner, Avinash Thakur, had sought a course to the Chief Election Commissioner to postpone the polls as a result of COVID-19 pandemic on the bottom that the Representation of the People Act offers for the deferment of polls in extraordinary conditions.

“How can we ask the Election Commission of India (ECI) to not hold elections? COVID cannot be a valid ground for postponement of elections,” the bench said.

The petitioner’s counsel mentioned the RP Act offers for the deferment of polls as a consequence of a rare state of affairs.

To this the bench mentioned it was for the ECI to resolve and the court docket can not direct the ballot panel to not maintain elections.

The petitioner’s counsel additionally argued that elections weren’t paramount however human life was, and even MLAs and customary folks have been struggling as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The bench mentioned it can not go orders for the deferment of polls and the ECI would take note of each state of affairs.

It mentioned no writ will be utilized like this and dismissed the PIL. PTI

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