On Wednesday, the Allahabad High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation seeking postponement of UP Panchayat Election 2021.
The PIL was preferred to have a direction for the State of Uttar Pradesh to postpone the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Election scheduled from 15th April, 2021.
As per the petitioner, looking to the massive surge in Corona Virus infection in different parts of the State, it would be against the public interest to hold panchayat elections in rural areas.
According to the petitioner, the elections would be causing enormous injury to the health of public at large and that would be in contravention to Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
A Division Bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice S.S. Shamshrey observed:
“We do not find any merit in the argument advanced. The State while notifying elections in panchayat raj institutions has already declared a protocol to be adhered during the election campaign of the elections. This Court has also issued certain directions in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No. 574 of 2020 (In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Vs. State of U.P.) for the State Government to follow during the entire process of elections. All necessary care as such shall be taken by the State to prevent spread of infection during the course of panchayat raj elections.”
In view of the above Petition has been dismissed.