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HC refuses to dismiss election petition against TN minister

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today refused to dismiss a challenging the of candidate and minister S Saroja from Rasipuram constituency in the 2016 assembly elections.

Justice V Bharathidasan dismissed a miscellaneous by Social Welfare Minister Saroja, seeking to quash the filed by losing candidate V P Duraiswamy.

The leader challenged the of Saroja, alleging she indulged in corrupt practices.

He, however, partly allowed her plea and set aside portions of the pleadings (paras 11, 14, 15 and 17) in Duraiswamy's petition holding that they were vague and contained only general allegations, bereft of full particulars regarding alleged corrupt practices.

After going through the pleadings, which Saroja wanted to be deleted, the judge said, except the four paragraphs, the others contained material facts regarding corrupt practice allegedly committed by her.

They also pointed out lapses allegedly committed by the in rectifying the electoral roll and also the 'failure' on its part to strictly enforce the model code of conduct to ensure a free and fair election, he said.

"These averments, in the considered opinion of this court, constitute a complete cause of action for trial and in the above circumstance, the election petition does not deserve a rejection at its threshold," the judge said.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 20:55 IST