HC dismisses plea to postpone Kerala elections

The Kerala High Court dismissed a writ petition seeking postponement of the Assembly elections in the state scheduled for April 13.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed
a writ petition seeking postponement of the Assembly elections
in the state scheduled for April 13.

The petitioner, M Vinod Vengeri of Kozhikode, submitted
that as the polls were scheduled "in the midst of holidays and
festivals", a majority of people would not turn up to cast
their votes.

In this regard, the petitioner sought postponement of the
polls after `Vishu`, which falls on April 14.

A division bench comprising Justice C N Ramachandran Nair
and Justice BP Ray dismissed the petition `in limine` (a
motion presented at the outset of a case to determine the
admissibility of certain evidence), recording that the
election process has been set in motion and the court cannot
interfere in the conduct of the election.

PTI