With the Election Commission of India conducting the West Bengal election in a long-drawn 8-phase exercise and the Uttar Pradesh panchayat poll amid the Covid-19 pandemic, several political parties have alleged biases in the poll body’s functioning.
The Election Commission also said no one must be permitted to report on the proceedings of this Court that are not borne out by the record, especially when the detailed order is made available by the Court.
The Counsel informed the Court that they have already made a representation to the EC and that they have appreciated it. However, the Bench, while dismissing the plea, stated, “Certainly we can do, but we don’t want to do.”
The Allahabad High Court has given the Election Commission of India four weeks to file its reply on a PIL filed against the legality of using election symbols in rallies and demonstrations by political parties.
The Allahabad High Court has sought the response of Election Commission on a plea by Shraddha Tripathi challenging the constitutional validity of Paras-10, 10A and 10-B of the Symbol Order 1968 on several counts interalia that said Paras are in conflict with the provisions of Rule-10 of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.
On the earlier hearing in the matter, Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing on behalf of the petitioner, submitted the grievance that the affidavit is of utmost importance, because whatever the CBI has alleged, has to be rebutted by the accused persons.