Cuttack: A public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to postpone the Pipili bypoll in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases was filed in the Orissa High Court today.
Admitting the PIL, the High Court while fixing May 7 as the next date for hearing in the matter has directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to file its counter by the next date of hearing.
The PIL filed by senior lawyer Suryakant Padhi sought postponement of Pipili bypoll on the grounds that Covid-19 cases are rising with every passing day and the bypoll if held is likely to leave several hundred connected with it infected.
Padhi has apprehended that the bypoll if held could turn out to be a super spreader event.
The ECI, the State government and the State Election Commission have been named as opposite parties in the PIL.
It may be mentioned here that polling of votes for the bypoll is scheduled for May 16 and the result will be announced on May 19.
Earlier, the bypoll was scheduled to be held on April 13 which had to be adjourned and rescheduled by the ECI following the death of Congress nominee Ajit Mangaraj.