EC orders FIR over 'bribing of voters' in RK Nagar bypoll

EC orders FIR over 'bribing of voters' in RK Nagar bypoll

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EC orders FIR over 'bribing of voters' in RK Nagar bypoll 10 6 99
Chennai: The Election Commission has asked the Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer to lodge a police case over the alleged bribery of voters in R K Nagar assembly segment, the poll panel has said in reply to a query under transparency law.

The bypoll slated for April 12 was cancelled subsequently following allegations of large-scale distribution of money to voters, entailing raids by the tax authorities.

Similar was the answer to a question asking if there was any proposal to refer the matter to the CBI for a probe.

Meanwhile, Vairakkannan has approached the Madras High Court over this issue.

In his writ plea, expected to come up tomorrow for hearing, he contended that though ECI directed the Tamil Nadu CEO to take appropriate action, the latter and the R K Nagar returning officer had not done so.

On the RTI response, he alleged that the CEO and the returning officer "are shielding the offenders for political reason."

He further submitted that it was just and necessary to direct the TN CEO and R K Nagar RO to file an FIR with the police.

He also sought a direction to the police to probe the matter and file a chargesheet for the commission of offence punishable under the IPC.


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