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Kerala HC allows physical swearing-in of Pinarayi govt subject to COVID-19 protocol

Imposing further restrictions on the function, the court said, “Political parties shall take a decision as to whether all the MLAs are required to be present in the swearing-in ceremony.”

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday allowed the physical swearing-in ceremony of the new government at a stadium in Thiruvananthapuram today but directed that the number of people should be restricted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Though States like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, with more number of Legislators in the Assembly have performed the swearing-in ceremony with lesser number, Government of Kerala, a forerunner in Covid-19 management, should restrict the number to the maximum to avoid the widespread COVID-19,” the court said.

The court gave the verdict in a plea filed by Dr K J Prince from a Thrissur-based NGO, ‘Chikithsaneethi’. The petitioner alleged that the swearing-ing was to be conducted physically with the participation of more than 500 people and sought the court’s intervention.

The petitioner, a social activist, alleged that the function was going to be conducted in a situation where the disaster management authority had declared Triple Lockdown in four districts in Kerala including Thiruvananthapuram.

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