Punjab & Haryana High Court Seeks Election Commission’s Reply Over Ensuring ‘Drug-Free Elections’ In Punjab

The Punjab and Haryana High Court requires the reply from State election commission for ensuring the ‘Drug-free Elections’.

The division bench of Justice Pankaj Jain and Justice Ajay Tewari; which was hearing a bunch of 27 cases; related to the suspension of sentence in NDPS cases had issued this order.

The Court disposed of the rest 10 petitions by suspending the sentences of the petitioners. In those matters before directing the registry to set aside 17 petitions out of 27 matters.

The Punjab High Court observes the notification of elections and the incidents of ‘Drugs for Vote’ in elections in Punjab.  After observing the Court required the reply of the Election Commission.

The Court also focused on the importance of the role that has to be played by the state government in such matters. At the outset, the Court said that; the state of Punjab apart from registering cases needs to wake up to the challenge as it has a role bigger than mere policing.

The Court also averred that the picture showing gold smoked mustard fields with the proud prosperous farmer used to showcase this land of five rivers; however, today Punjab is related to a representation of a crying mother holding the dead body of her son who died of a drug overdose as well.

The Court remarked that; this problem has gripped the society and the same cannot afford to be in a state of inertia and therefore, it is for the State to accept the responsibility to catalyze such response.

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