Jaya thumb impression: Traffic Ramaswamy's case dismissed

Jaya thumb impression: Traffic Ramaswamy’s case dismissed

The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition seeking an order to declare Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s left thumb impression on the poll papers of her AIADMK candidates as “illegal”.

Jayalalithaa affixed her left thumb impression on nomination papers for Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Thirupparankundram from the hospital recently.

When the case against it came up for hearing, chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice R Mahadevan rapped the petitioner Ramaswamy for seeking publicity.

In his petition, Ramaswamy has contended that a thumb impression is a valid form of attestation only in the case of persons who are illiterate or bereft of education.

In case of thumb impression on health grounds, he stated, a separate procedure had to be followed, with the CEC or his immediate subordinates required to be present at the time the impression is made.

The AIADMK had sought permission from the Election Commission to allow Jayalalithaa to put her thumb impression in view of her health and the poll body had given its nod.