Monday, June 19, 2017

Advocate moves HC for FIR against CM

The Hindu: Chennai: Monday, June 19, 2017.
Armed with a response from the Election Commission of India under the Right To Information (RTI) Act, a Chennai-based lawyer, M.P. Vairakkannan, has moved the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Tamil Nadu, and the Returning Officer of the Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency to register an FIR against Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and others for alleged electoral malpractices.
Hearing likely tomorrow
The Election Commission had said in response to an application filed under the RTI Act that it had directed the registration of an FIR against Mr. Palaniswami, AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran and four Ministers, in connection with alleged bribing of voters in the R.K. Nagar Assembly constituency.
In his plea, Mr Vairakkannan sought a direction to the Chennai Police Commissioner to investigate the matter and file a charge sheet. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Monday. The advocate said the Election Commission had directed the CEO and the Returning Officer to file an FIR under Sections 171(B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for allegedly distributing money on a large scale to induce/bribe voters and to influence the by-election in Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency.
The Commission had also directed the CEO to ensure that quick and appropriate action was taken by the Chennai Police Commissioner, the petition stated. “However, so far, no FIR has been filed by the 2nd (CEO) and 3rd respondents (RO) for reasons best known to them,” he said.
Though the Election Commission directed the CEO and the RO to take appropriate action for the commission of an offence punishable under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, they did not take any action and were “shielding the offenders for political reasons,” the petition alleged.