Court orders FIR against Union Minister for not following Covid-19 rules

Narendra Singh Tomar

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered the District Magistrates of Gwalior and Datia to register FIRs against Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath for alleged violation of Covid-19 protocol.

Advocate general Purshendra Kaurav has been asked to report compliance at the next hearing on 23 October. The division bench of Justice Sheel Nagu and Justice Rajeev Kumar Shrivastava also asked Collectors of nine districts not to give permission to any candidate or political party to hold physical gatherings unless they can prove that a virtual election campaign is not possible.

The Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court observed that the right to life and health took precedence over the right to campaigning.

The Madhya High Court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Ashish Pratap Singh over alleged violations of Covid-19 protocols during the election campaigning in the Gwalior Chambal region.

The High Court also restrained District Magistrates of nine districts falling in the jurisdiction of the Gwalior bench from giving permission for holding physical congregations of any number of people unless the political party applying for the same is able to satisfy that conducting virtual election campaign was not possible.

 

NT Bureau