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HC dismisses plea seeking disqualification of Kanimozhi, Kathir

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Tuesday dismissed a plea to prevent DMK's candidates and Kathir Anand from fighting the polls for allegedly violating the model code conduct.

A bench of justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad dismissed the plea after the told the court that the two have been booked for allegedly resorting to electoral malpractices.

As the plea came up for hearing before the bench, the told the judges that FIRs have been filed against both the candidates on complaints of violation of the model code.

The bench accordingly dismissed the petition after recording the poll panel

The elections are to be held in on April 18.

Petitioner V of Ramanathapuram had urged the court to direct the to initiate action against and Anand, contesting the polls from Tuticorin and Vellore constituencies respectively, for violating the model code.

He had also sought the court's directive to the poll panel to bar the duo from contesting the polls.

Sait alleged in his petition that had been 'clandestinely' distributing cash to voters during campaigning and police have booked a case against members in this regard.

Pointing to the seizure of huge cash by the Income Tax Department, purportedly belonging to Anand, the petitioner had sought action against him also.

These candidates have made a mockery of the system and have reduced the faith of common citizens in the election process, he alleged.

Incidentally, the Tuesday cancelled the election in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency citing seizure of huge cash from an associate of a recently.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 22:30 IST