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Delhi HC refuses to entertain Congress leader's plea to postpone polls in 5 states due to COVID-19

The Delhi high court, while terming the plea by Congress leader Jagdish Sharma as frivolous, asked whether the petitioner was living on Mars as cases of COVID-19 are declining.

January 31, 2022 / 03:49 PM IST

The Delhi High Court Monday refused to entertain a petition by a Congress leader seeking postponement of assembly elections in five states on the grounds that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was spreading fast.

The high court, while terming the plea by Congress leader Jagdish Sharma as frivolous, asked whether the petitioner was living on Mars as cases of COVID-19 are declining.

Expressing displeasure, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh said, "It is a frivolous petition. Are you living on Mars. Delhi is now dealing with a declining number of cases. You withdraw it or we will dismiss it with cost. The counsel for the petitioner then withdrew the plea. The counsel for the petitioner then withdrew the plea."

Sharma had sought directions to postpone the elections citing the third wave of COVID-19 as the Omicron variant is spreading fast.