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Madras HC rejects plea to suspend RK Nagar bypoll results

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today dismissed a that the Commission of (ECI) be directed to suspend the result of the RK Nagar by- poll that concluded last month, and held that the courts could not do so once it was declared.

Dismissing the PIL filed by S V Ramamurthy on this, the first bench headed by said, "The courts cannot suspend the result once it is declared. Such relief can be sought only through an under the Representation of People Act."

The petitioner sought a direction to the EC to suspend the bypoll and to restrain sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran from functioning as the of the constituency, following allegations of money distribution in the run-up to the by-election.

The of the bypoll were declared on December 24.

The petitioner alleged that Dhinakaran, who contested as an in the December 21 by-election, had won it by indulging in electoral malpractices.

The ECI had said it had seized around Rs 30 lakh meant to have been distributed to the constituency's voters, the petitioner claimed.

He also submitted that he had not received a response so far from the ECI with regard to his December 29 representation on the issue.

Amid accusations of bribery by rival sides the and the the former Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP won the seat by 40,000 votes. He defeated ruling party candidate E Madhusudhanan, giving a jolt to the dispensation led by K Palaniswami.

Dhinakaran, who made his debut in the state assembly yesterday, has denied charges of money distribution during the hustings.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 14:51 IST