SC said it cannot tell Chief Election Commissioner what to do; the Election Commission of India would consider ground realities and take precautions
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed two pleas seeking postponement of Assembly elections in Bihar on account of Coronavirus, and floods.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah said that COVID is no ground for postponing the elections. Also, SC cannot tell Chief Election Commissioner what to do. The Election Commission of India would consider ground realities and take precautions, added the top court.
Further, it observed that the plea could not be entertained due to its premature nature as notification for the election is yet to be issued.
According to LiveLaw, the petitoner arguing the Representation of People Act, 1951, asked for deferring the elections due to extraordinary situations. He further submitted, "Election was not paramount; human life is paramount. Even MLAs are dying and people are suffering."
However, the Bench informed the Counsel that such orders could not be passed, and that it was for the ECI to decide.