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Plea for compulsory masking during poll campaigns: HC seeks stand of Centre, EC

Advocate Virag Gupta advised the bench that the poll physique ought to “create awareness through digital, print and electronic media for compulsory masking and social distancing during assembly elections”.

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PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 12:39 PM IST



The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response of the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea looking for to make sure that masks are worn mandatorily by everybody concerned in poll campaigns during the continued elections in varied states and union territories.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh issued discover to the Centre and the EC and sought their response to the application by Vikram Singh, the previous DGP of Uttar Pradesh and likewise the chairman of assume tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC).

The court docket listed the application for additional listening to on April 30 together with Singh’s foremost petition looking for to debar campaigners and candidates from campaigning within the meeting elections for repeatedly violating the necessary pointers issued by the poll panel in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advocate Virag Gupta, showing for Singh, advised the bench that the poll physique ought to “create awareness through digital, print and electronic media for compulsory masking and social distancing during assembly elections”.

“When all the authorities are unanimous on mandatory masking, it defies logic as to why the rule should not be enforced in election campaigns,” Gupta argued.

The Central authorities’s standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia accepted discover on behalf of the Centre.

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