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West Bengal Election 2021: You act like Seshan or we will, Calcutta HC told Election Commission | India News

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CALCUTTA: Reminding the Electoral Commission that it is “burdensome” responsibility does not end with “issuing circulars” and “holding meetings,” the Calcutta high court said Thursday that the judiciary would step in and “act like TN Seshan” if the voting panel failed to enforce Covid security protocols during the elections. in Bengal.
The divisional court of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Judge Arijit Banerjee said it was “unable to reconcile (with) the fact” that the EC could not give any “update on the measures … (and) the application “of their own circulars.

The higher court ordered the commission to respond “with a very brief affidavit” on Friday morning, stating that the voting panel could not just frame rules and ask people to abide by them while their officers sat “in their bedrooms “.
“We are sure that the circulars are not mere warnings that should involve political parties or those involved in political propaganda or even the general public,” added the court.
Bengal’s electoral director, Aariz Aftab, had submitted a detailed response to the HC earlier this week on the Covid security measures that the EC had taken, including a ban on campaigning between 7pm and 10am. The jury also mentioned the guidelines given to the parties and their star activists.

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