SC dismisses plea to advance poll timing during Ramzan
New Delhi, May 13: The Supreme Court vacation bench on Monday dismissed the petition filed by lawyer, Nizamuddin Pasha, challenging the ECI's decision refusing to prepone voting commencement time from 7 am to 5 am for the last phase of voting to,'ease difficulty for Muslims during the holy month of Ramzan'.
The plea was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna which said it would be heard by a vacation bench on May 13.
On May 2, the top court had asked the poll panel to pass "necessary orders" on a representation seeking advancing of the voting timing from 7 am for the remaining phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
The Election Commission (EC) on May 5 had rejected the representation in this regard.
Following the poll panel's decision, advocate Mohammad Nizamuddin Pasha has approached the apex court seeking a direction to the EC to advance the voting timing to 5.30 am or 6 am instead of the notified 7 am in view of the heat condition and onset of Ramzan. He said, in the plea, that poll panel has turned down his representation as being "administratively not feasible".
Polling for seventh phases of the ongoing general elections will be held on May 19.
The petitioner had earlier told the top court that during Ramzan, Muslims keep fast and do not consume food or water from one-and-a-half hours before dawn till dusk every day.
The plea had said that the Indian Meteorological Department has issued warnings indicating severe heatwave conditions over the next few days, with temperatures rising up to five degrees Celsius than normal in poll bound areas of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
The petitioner had said that the harsh weather conditions would make it difficult for Muslims to go out and vote.