HC refuses to stay order quashing TN local body elections

HC refuses to stay order quashing TN local body elections

The Madras high court today refused to entertain a plea by the state election commission, requesting it to cancel its earlier order quashing the local body elections in Tamil Nadu.

When the appeal by the SEC came up for hearing today, justice Parthiban turned it down and ordered notices to the Tamil Nadu government and the DMK, returnable in four weeks.

Recently, the HC 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.

On a writ plea filed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK leader and Rajya Sabha member RS Barathy, the court, in its interim order, declared the poll notification dated September 26 null and void.

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.