HC questions police on quashing of FIR related to RK Nagar bypoll seeks info on banners

HC questions police on quashing of FIR related to RK Nagar bypoll, seeks info on banners

Shaking the conscience of a division bench of the Madras high court, Tamil Nadu government informed judges on Monday that the only FIR filed with regard to electoral malpractices committed during byelection to RK Nagar does not exist anymore.

A division bench of the Madras High Court was taken aback when State Public Prosecutor A Natarajan said that the FIR registered by Abhiramapuram police on a complaint from the Election Commission regarding the bribing during the bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency, had been quashed.

When the PIL petition from DMK’s Marudhuganesh came up for hearing, Natarajan told the bench that Justice M S Ramesh had set aside the FIR registered as early as on March 13 this year. The bench, after directing the then and sitting joint Commissioners (East), Greater Chennai Police Commissioner and Abhiramapuram police inspector to file an affidavit as to why they had not filed the status report, adjourned the case till December 17.

Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and P. Rajamanickam called for an explanation from S. Manoharan, former Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai city, and incumbent officer T.S. Anbu as to how the case got quashed and why they had not filed any status report on the investigation before the Bench.

They also directed the Income Tax Department to explain by December 17 the action taken pursuant to seizure of incriminating materials during searches conducted at the premises of Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar in the run-up to the by-election.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the city Corporation Commissioner to produce all relevant records relating to applications from the Tamil Nadu government and political parties for erection of digital banners on the eve of MGR centenary celebrations.

Also, it directed the city Police Commissioner to produce the no objection certificate issued by the traffic wing.