‘Hold RK Na­gar by­poll af­ter pros­e­cut­ing of­fend­ers’

Sunday Express - - CHENNAI - @ Chen­nai

N MARUTHU GANESH, who was the DMK can­di­date for the re­scinded April 12 by-elec­tion to RK Na­gar Assem­bly con­stituency, on Sat­ur­day urged the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion not to is­sue no­ti­fi­ca­tion for a fresh by­poll to the con­stituency with­out pros­e­cut­ing the ‘of­fend­ers’ named in the In­come Tax (I-T) Depart­ment’s re­port for al­legedly try­ing to bribe the elec­torate. The by­poll was can­celled by Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) on charges of largescale dis­tri­bu­tion of money and other al­lure­ments to vot­ers.

Ganesh said if the EC failed to take ac­tion, he would be con­strained to ini­ti­ate le­gal pro­ceed­ings seek­ing a rem­edy.

In a pe­ti­tion sent to the full bench of the EC, Ganesh cited the cir­cum­stances un­der which the April 12 by­poll was re­scinded af­ter the I-T Depart­ment raided the premises of Health Min­is­ter C Vi­jaya Basker on April 8. The I-T Depart­ment found in­crimi- nat­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cat­ing that the “re­spon­si­bil­ity” of dis­tribut­ing money to vot­ers was re­port­edly vested with many in the State Cab­i­net, he said.

“Till to­day, the EC has not been able to even reg­is­ter a com­plaint against the per­sons who were in­dicted by I-T Depart­ment in its re­port dated April 8, which was the ba­sis for the com­mis­sion to can­cel the by­poll. The ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s mind is why have

Till to­day, the EC has not been able to even reg­is­ter a com­plaint against the per­sons who were in­dicted by I-T Depart­ment

N Maruthu Ganesh, DMK can­di­date for the re­scinded April 12 by-elec­tion

the Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer of TN and the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer of RK Na­gar de­fied the EC’s di­rec­tions in this re­gard?” Ganesh said.

Stat­ing that he had spent `5 lakh for can­vass­ing in the by­poll, Ganesh said he was en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion from EC since it was ap­par­ent from the con­duct of the EC that it was not se­ri­ous in pros­e­cut­ing of­fend­ers. “The buck must cer­tainly stop with the EC and it must take moral and con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity for its in­ac­tion against the of­fend­ers and for de­priv­ing a con­stituency of an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive for six months,” he said.

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