The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice returnable in two weeks to the Election Commission of India (EC) on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to forbear the candidates of the AIADMK and the DMK from contesting in the November 19 polls in Aravakurichi Assembly constituency, in view of their “proved corrupt practices.”
Notices have also been issued to the CEO, AIADMK and DMK. The first bench, before which the PIL by one S Rajendran of Karur district came up, ordered issue of notice to ECI and others.
The bench also directed the High Court registry to tag the PIL with an identical petition pending before it, in which a prayer was made to collect all the expenses incurred in the run up to the election from the candidates.
In his plea, Rajendran said that polling was cancelled in Aravakurichi earlier, due to malpractices including bribing of voters. Pointing out that the AIADMK and the DMK have fielded the same candidates now, he said that their nominations should not be accepted.
Hearing the petition, the High Court bench ordered notices to the above parties and directed them to reply within two weeks. The case was then posted to 9 November for further hearing.
Rajendran added that in the various raids conducted by the I-T department in the houses of prominent people living in and around the Aravakurichi constituency over Rs. 100 crore was seized.
Rajendran said the candidates should be debarred from participating in the election and that if they were allowed to contest again, “it may amount to help the fence eating the crops.”