‘All Necessary Precautions have been taken’: Kerala High Court Disposes Cases Seeking Lockdown During Election Counting Day

first_imgNews Updates’All Necessary Precautions have been taken’: Kerala High Court Disposes Cases Seeking Lockdown During Election Counting Day Lydia Suzanne Thomas27 April 2021 9:40 AMShare This – xKerala High Court’The Kerala High Court has closed proceedings seeking directions calling for prohibition on large gatherings or the declaration of lockdown in the State on May 2, 2021, given the surge in the daily numbers of those affected by COVID-19 in the state. The results of the Kerala Assembly elections will be notified on this date.A Bench of Justices Ashok Menon and CS Dias on Tuesday took up for hearing three petitions today and noted that the Kerala Government and the Election Commission had already issued directions in respect to counting day.In response to the petitioners’ request for a Court’s direction that those who flouted directives be penalised, the Court remarked that no order to the effect was required. “Regarding that we find that no specific order is required from this Court. The Government is at liberty to invoke the provisions of the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020 and take necessary action against the violators, and we are sure that the Government would be vigilant in implementing the available provisions,” the Court said.With this remark, the Court disposed of the petition.At the previous hearing of the matters, the State Government had informed the Court that any decision on a lockdown or restriction on gatherings would be taken only after an all-party meeting.On Monday, an all-party meeting had agreed to restrict gatherings in and around counting centres on May 2, following which the Government of Kerala declared that only officials on election duty, candidates, counting agents, media representatives allowed at counting centres after production of a negative RTPCR report obtained within 72 hours prior to May 2 would be permitted.Today, the Election Commission announced that victory processions after announcement of results would be prohibited.The first petition, filed by Advocate Vinod Mathew Wilson of LAW AID, through Advocate R Sivadasan of Law Link Kollam averred that the election campaigning in the run-up to the Kerala Assembly Election and the ‘high-voltage rallies by national and local parties have triggered another wave of Covid-19 in Kerala’. Because of this, the state, which went to the polls on April 6, is seeing the number of infections rising steadily, the petition states.Without a lockdown or measures to ensure that safety precautions are taken, “ardent workers, supporters and sympathizers of all political parties, national, regional, local etc. will be thronging around counting centers and almost all the streets throughout Kerala with uncontrollable convergence”, the petition expressed.Such a situation would effectively bring the entire health machinery to a standstill, the petitioner states. Therefore, a lockdown must be imposed on the day of counting, it was prayed.Wilson’s petition was admitted last week and the Election Commission and the State were directed to table their responses today.The other two petitions, filed by one AK Sreekumar and Dr S Ganapathy respectively, seek prohibitions on large gatherings on May 2.In order to prevent the uncontrolled spreading of Covid-19, only officials related to counting of votes should be allowed within and outside counting centres, the petition filed by Sreekumar states.Dr Ganapathy’s petition sought a direction to District Magistrate’s to issue orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for at least a period of 48 hours from 6 AM on May 2 so as to bar public gatherings or processions.CASE: AK Sreekumar v. EC and connected casesClick here to download the orderTagsCOVID -19 COVID-19 Cases Kerala Assembly Elections Justice Ashok Menon Justice CS Dias Next Storylast_img read more

Arsenal need Champions League football to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ray Parlour

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jun 2020 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12Shares Comment LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal legend Ray Parlous has warned his former club that they need Champions League football if they’re to keep hold of star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon forward has just over a year left on his existing deal at the Emirates and informal talks with the club have been unsuccessful, with Aubameyang intimating he’s unwilling to commit his future to the club. Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all shown interest in Aubameyang but the Gunners captain has parked talk of his future until the end of the season, when he’ll review the situation. Arsenal are outsiders for a place in the Champions League but Parlour says qualifying for the competition may be the only way to get the striker to sign a new contract.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal need Champions League football to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ray Parlour Advertisement Advertisement Aubameyang is desperate to play in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘If they [Arsenal] can come back and hit the ground running and get a good start to the season, obviously the Man City game is going to be very important, if they can get anything out of that game that will give them a lot of confidence going forward,’ said Parlour.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Champions League football is so important for a lot of players these days so Aubameyang, if they can squeeze in there, might sign a new contract, I don’t know.‘If they don’t, then he might be on his way and suddenly you’ve got to replace a striker who scores all your goals.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were due to take on Manchester City at the Etihad before the season was suspended.Mikel Arteta tested positive for covid-19 on the eve of the game and that news effectively forced the Premier League’s hands, as they had insisted before that moment that all games would go ahead.The Spaniard has a fully fit squad to choose from and he’ll be desperate for a result, given Arsenal are five points off the Champions League places.MORE: Manchester United wonderkid Teden Mengi promoted into first teamlast_img read more