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Candidates' health certificates: File affidavit, says HC to TN

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today directed the to file an affidavit on making a in connection with submission of health certificates of candidates who contest local body elections.

Justice N Kirubakaran gave the direction when a filed by one S V Subbaiah of Coimbatore district came up before him.

The petitioner submitted that the State Commission (SEC) was seeking details of the wealth and criminal antecedents of candidates contesting local body polls despite not having power to do so and sought to know what prevented it from calling for Medical certificates on the health condition of candidates.

Stating that a voter has a right to know about the health condition of a candidate whom he likes to elect, Subbaiah submitted that the privacy clause on the health condition cannot be claimed when a person intends to contest elections.

In this context, he referred to a Supreme Judgement which upheld the disqualification of a candidate in as he had leprosy.

SEC submitted there was no statute in this regard, after which Justice Kirubakaran told the Pleader that the has to make a to make it mandatory for a candidate to submit medical certificates.

He then adjourned the matter to December 2 and directed the SEC and the state government to file their replies.

On November 18, the had suo motu impleaded the Centre and Commission as respondents on a by Subbaiah, seeking a direction to authorities to call for medical reports of the candidates contesting local body polls to enable voters know their health status.

The court had orally observed that the same cannot be confined to local body polls alone as it was essential in the case of legislative assembly and parliamentary elections as well and had directed petitioner's counsel to implead the Centre and EC.

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 00:07 IST