Case against Jaya's victory: HC orders notice to CEO

Case against Jaya’s victory: HC orders notice to CEO

The Madras High Court has directed the court registry to serve a fresh notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer on a plea by an independent who unsuccessfully fought the May 16 Assembly polls from RK Nagar, from where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa won, seeking to declare the poll “null and void”.

Justice M. Duraiswamy on Tuesday ordered fresh notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), since he was informed that notice has not been served to CEO.

The judge then posted the plea moved by G. Pravina, who contested the election as an Independent candidate in the R.K. Nagar constituency to November 29.

The petitioner said the Returning Officer had not given permission to her for campaigning and using vehicles in the constituency during the May 2016 polls. The vehicles used by her were detained at gun point by the police, she claimed. The ‘Pot’ symbol allotted to her was also not as per the specification of the Election Commission.

Pravina contented that that her right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution was infringed upon as the Election Commission had not acted on her complaints and sought a direction to hold a fresh poll in RK Nagar.

She submitted that the constituency’s Returning Officer had not even permitted her to go for campaigning, including using vehicles for the purpose.