COVID-19 management not our prerogative, EC tells SC

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COVID-19 management not our prerogative, EC tells SC

New Delhi, May 3

The Election Commission, rattled over the sturdy excessive courtroom observations associated to conducting of simply concluded meeting elections, informed the Supreme Court on Monday that COVID-19 management was not its prerogative and it does not run the governance of the state.

A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah was informed by senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, showing for the EC, that remarks of homicide fees made by the Madras High Court in opposition to the constitutional physique had been unwarranted and such conclusive remarks ought to not have been made with out listening to the ballot panel.

“Election Commission is not running the governance of the state. We only issue guidelines and directives. We don’t have CRPF or any other force with us to check the people in rally. State Disaster Management Authority has to issue orders for limiting the people. There is a presumption that EC has responsibility for all this. We have nothing to do with COVID management,” he stated.

The excessive courtroom had on April 26 castigated the EC for the surge in COVID-19 instances in the course of the second wave of the pandemic, holding it “singularly” answerable for the unfold of the viral illness, known as it the “the most irresponsible institution” and even stated its officers could also be booked below homicide fees.

The Bench informed Dwivedi that the ballot panel ought to take the observations of the excessive courtroom in the appropriate spirit and stated, “Nobody is criticising anybody. You have done a good job. Election Commission is a seasoned constitutional body, entrusted with the responsibility to ensure free and fair election in the country. It should not be rattled by the observations made”.

It assured the ballot panel that the excessive courtroom’s remarks had been not meant to “run down” a constitutional physique however might have been made “momentarily” within the move of discussions and that’s why it was not within the judicial order.

Dwivedi stated the EC was not objecting to the discussions and observations made by the excessive courts however they need to be within the context of matter at hand and there ought to not be any off-the-cuff remarks.

He stated that polling in Tamil Nadu was held on April 6, the PIL was filed on April 19 and the order was handed by the excessive courtroom on April 26.

The Bench stated: “Some observations are made in larger public interest. Sometimes it is anguish and sometimes they are made to make a person do the work, he is required to do…some judges are reticent and some judges are verbose”.

The high courtroom stated that it’s reasoned order would take note of Election Commission’s submission that “wanton charges” levelled in opposition to it by the Madras High Court had been unwarranted and would attempt to strike a steadiness between two constitutional our bodies.

The Bench made it clear that it will neither restrain the media from reporting oral observations made throughout proceedings in public curiosity, nor demoralise excessive courts — “vital pillars of democracy” — by asking them to chorus from elevating questions.

It termed as “too far-fetched” the ballot panel’s plea of restraining media from reporting remarks made in courtroom proceedings.

The high courtroom reserved its verdict and stated that it’ll give a reasoned order because the enchantment of the ballot panel in opposition to Madras High Court order raises bigger situation. PTI

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