Governor Tamilisai decides to withdraw her plea in HC against Kanimozhi

Former president of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit, Tamilisai Soundararajan, presently governor of Telangana, has filed an application in the Madras High Court seeking permission to withdraw her plea challenging the election of DMK candidate Kanimozhi from Thoothukudi Lok Sabha in the general elections held in April this year.

When the election petition filed by Tamilisai Soundararajan came up for hearing before Justice S.M.Subramaniam, K.Ramanamoorthy, counsel for the petitioner filed the present petition.

Directing the counsel for the petitioner to complete the procedure for withdrawing the election petition and report before the court, the judge posted to October 14, further hearing of the case.

In her plea, Tamilisai Soundararajan had alleged that Kanimozhi had suppressed certain material facts with regard to the income of her husband and son in the nomination papers. She had contested the April 18 polls in Tamil Nadu from Thoothukudi constituency and she lost to her nearest rival Kanimozhi by a margin of over 3.47 lakh votes.

This court admitted the petition on September 5 and ordered notice to Kanimozhi, Election Commission of India and the Returning Officer, Thoothukudi Constituency. However, in the interregnum, she was appointed as the Governor of the State of Telangana by the President of India. In view of the fact that she has been appointed to a constitutional post, she did not intend to continue to prosecute the election petition filed by her before this court.

Tamilisai sought to declare Kanimozhi’s election from Tuticorin as void, claiming the latter had furnished incomplete and defective information in her nomination papers and alleged that cash was distributed to voters. Kanimozhi was asked to file her response on Monday, however Tamilisai opted to withdraw her petition.