Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday
declined to issue a direction to the EC to postpone the April
13 elections to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assemblies.
The Court was disposing three petitions seeking a
direction to the EC to postpone the polls in view of the
Higher secondary and SSLC exams being held from March 2 to
"Since the election will be held in the state of Tamil
Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry after all the
examinations, including the Higher Secondary, are over, we do
not think it just and proper to issue direction to the
Election Comission of India to postpone the election," the
First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice
T S Sivagnanam, said.
However, the Bench imposed conditions which, it said,
should be followed strictly the EC and Chief Electoral Officer
of Tamil Nadu.
No teachers of schools, where exams are held, should
be deployed or called for training before the completion of
the examinations, it said, adding, no vehicles owned by
educational institutions should be requisitioned or seized
before April 11 for the purpose of the elections.
Election commission authorities should take special
care, before requisitioning state transport vehicles for the
convenience of students, who use the same for reaching their
examination centres,the Bench said.
The court directed that there should no campaigning or
election canvassing by any political party, its followers or
sympathisers within 200 metres of any school designated as
Makkal Sakthi Katchi, a political party, and two
others had filed the PILs seeking a direction to the EC to
postpone the elections, scheduled for April 13, to some other
day, "taking into consideration, more particularly, welfare of
students, whose annual exams are scheduled during the period."