The Calcutta High Court expressed its hope that political parties, their candidates, and also the supporters would adhere to the COVID-19 pandemic scenario.
The Bench of Acting chief justice Rajesh Bindal & Justice Arijit Banerjee was presiding over a public interest proceedings petition filed concerning adherence to the COVID-19 protocols at the time of investigation of votes and declaration of the results of the West Bengal Assembly Election, 2021.
Appearing before the Court, the counsel for the election commission of India spoken the rules issued by the committee of India bearing dated April 28, 2021, that area unit comprehensive in nature.
He submitted that the rules ought to be adhered to at the place wherever investigation of votes is done. which the rules additionally require success procession once the declaration of results.
However, the counsel for the petitioner submitted that to celebrate the success of the candidate of a specific party in a locality, his supporters could assemble in and around the party workplace which there are possibilities of violation of the COVID protocols.
In response to the present, the Advocate General spoken associate order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, dated April 29, 2021, specifying the directions to be followed for COVID-19 management, that are applicable throughout the country no matter any election or not.
It was submitted that the rules per the aforesaid order enclosed a direction that social/political/sports/entertainment /academic /cultural / /religious/festival-related and different gatherings and congregations shall be prohibited.