Covid Surge In Rural UP; EC Failed To Foresee "disastrous" poll outcomes, states Allahabad HC

UP Government not prepared enough to combat the rapid surge of coronavirus infection in rural areas, says Allahabad High Court.

Permitting elections in a few states and conducting Panchayat election in Uttar Pradesh has been a "disastrous" decision on the Election Commission's part, as stated by the Allahabad High Court.

Unlike the first wave, the second wave of Covid-19 has reached the rural depth of India. Uttar Pradesh, being the most populous state in the country, is facing difficulties in controlling the spread of the virus in the urban sections. As for rural areas, conducting tests and detection is even more difficult due to the acute lack of infrastructure. The state's incompetence in preparation and inadequacy of resources have been mentioned by the court in an order dated the 10th of May.

A single-judge bench of Justice Siddharth Verma made observations and granted anticipatory bail to a builder, accused of not providing possession of a flat to a person despite payment, in Ghaziabad till January 3, 2022.

The court has mentioned the Supreme Court's recent directions on decongesting the prisons across India. Keeping in mind the surge in infection as well as the crime rate in the villages of Uttar Pradesh, the court justified the decision. "The apprehension of death of the accused due to reasons such as the current pandemic can certainly be the ground for anticipatory bail" the court further clarified.

In the last 24 hours, UP has recorded 20,445 new Covid-19 cases along with 301 deaths.

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