Civic polls: DMK files caveat in Madras HC

Civic polls: DMK files caveat in Madras HC

Even as reports suggested that the state government might go for an appeal against the high court verdict cancelling civic polls in Tamil Nadu, the DMK today filed a caveat.

In the petition, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam said its argument should be heard before the high court before it issued any fresh verdict.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday declared the notification for civic polls in the state, scheduled for October 17 and 19, as null and void, holding that it violated the Tamil Nadu Panchayat Election Rules.

The court directed the State Election Commission to issue a fresh notification for holding local body elections and complete the poll process before December 31.

Passing orders on a batch of petitions including those filed by DMK, a single judge of the court set aside the notification on several grounds and directed the state election commission to issue a fresh notification and complete the poll process by December this year.

As per the original notification, elections were to be held in two phases – – on October 17 and October 19. Filing of nomination ended on Monday.

The judge passed a hard-hitting order referring to media reports on election-related violence and murders at several places in the state and said the panel should strive to hold fair elections with persons not having criminal background.