The Delhi High Court asked the Centre and the Election Commission to respond to a petition which sought to debar campaigners and candidates for violating the COVID-19 guidelines while campaigning for the Assembly Elections.
The Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala, and Puducherry are to be held in phases,between March 27th and April 29th and the Election Commission had mandated its notification that “every person shall wear face mask during every election related activity”.
The petitioner, Vikram Singh, represented by Advocate Virag Gupta stated that there are instances where campaigners and their supporters are not wearing masks while campaigning for the elections.
The petition stated that there are photos and videos shared by the campaigners which highlighted the violation of the rules.
It was further stated that the Right to Life of every person is being impacted because of political leaders, campaigners and candidates not wearing the masks during the election process.
Further the petition sought to debar these candidates from campaigning in elections either permanently or for a stipulated, sufficiently long, period.
A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh asked the Centre and the Election Commission to reply to the plea by next date of hearing on April 30th.