Madras High Court issues notice to AIADMK MLAs

The Madras High Court has ordered notice to State government on a plea that sought action against Ministers and AIADMK MLAs for failing to adhere to the COVID-19 standard operating procedures, including wearing masks and maintaining minimum physical distance, during the meeting convened to elect the CM candidate for the ensuing Assembly elections.

Perusing the photographs submitted by the petitioner, a division bench comprising Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice R Hemalatha observed that though a few of them seem to be wearing masks, social distancing seems to have been disregarded completely.

However, with the government advocate seeking time to provide a reply, the bench directed the State Health Secretary, Corporation Commissioner and health officer, and State Disaster Management Authority Chairman to file their responses by January 6.

Petitioner Thondan Subramanian, an advocate, had submitted that though various relaxations were announced, the government had insisted that wearing masks and social distancing were mandatory and imposed fines for those violating these norms.