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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.

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“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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