Plea in High Court seeks lockdown on counting day

Kochi: The Kerala High Court directed the state government to file a statement on a petition seeking to declare a lockdown from midnight on May 1 to midnight on May 2, which is the counting day of the Assembly elections in Kerala, given the exponential rise in daily Covid-19 cases.

The court suo motu impleaded the Election Commission in the case and served notice.

The court adjourned the petition filed by High Court advocate Vinod Mathew Wilson till April 23.

Advocate R. Sivadasan, counsel for the petitioner, pointed out that the hectic election campaign and the high-voltage rallies by leaders of national and local political parties have triggered another wave of Covid-19 in Kerala. Thus the state, which went to the polls on April 6, is seeing the number of infections rising steadily.

The number of Covid cases is around 10,000 after the election. It was only around 2,000 cases before the election notification.