Court asks EC to consider plea to derecognise PMK

Court asks EC to consider plea to derecognise PMK

The Madras High Court has directed the Election Commission of India to consider a plea to derecognise the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), led by S Ramadoss.

The direction was issued keeping in mind a ruling of the Supreme Court in the Indian National Congress vs Institute of Social Welfare and others, stipulating three exceptions to derecognise a political party.

The first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan gave the direction while closing a PIL from Varaki, who claimed himself as a journalist, on August 8.

In his petition, Varaki prayed for a direction to the ECI to derecognise the PMK for its alleged stand in respect of inter-caste marriages, more particularly the issue relating to Ilavarasan-Divya of Natham village in Dharmapuri district and the subsequent violent incidents.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission today submitted to the Madras High Court that it had no powers to recover all expenses incurred for conducting polls ahead of cancellation of elections to certain constituencies because of misconduct of candidates.

M Baskaran and G Kunjithapatham, PMK candidates for the Aravakurichi and Thanjavur assembly constituencies in the May 16 polls, had filed PILs seeking a direction to the Election Commission to recover all the poll expenses incurred from KC Palanishamy (DMK) and V Senthil Balaji (AIADMK). They alleged that the Election Commission had seized huge amounts of money from these candidates in the assembly polls following which the polls were cancelled.