Plea against Jayalalithaa’s election filed by 2 independents

She had won the byelection with a margin of over 1.5 lakh from RK Nagar constituency

GN Bureau | October 27, 2015



Two independent candidates have filed petitions in Madras high court challenging the election of AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to the assembly in a byelection.

Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana today ordered notice to Jayalalithaa, the election commission, state chief electoral officer and the returning officer on one of the petitions filed by advocate T Suresh whose nomination papers for the June 27 last bypoll to R K Nagar constituency were rejected.

The hearing on another petition filed by social activist "Traffic" Ramaswamy could not be taken up and was adjourned for three weeks after the counsel for him submitted that the petitioner was hospitalised and sought time.

Suresh Kumar submitted that the returning officer had returned his nomination papers stating that he had not filed the nomination with 10 proposers. He further submitted that the nomination was rejected on the ground that one of the proposer's address was wrongly mentioned in the voter identity card.

The proposer's address was mentioned as Ilaya Mudal Street instead of Ilaya Mudali Street. Though the mistake was clerical in nature and the proposer had submitted a correction form about a year ago, the officials rejected the nomination on that ground.

He was, however, able to vote and it was recorded in the closed circuit television (CCTV) installed at polling station on June 27. The petitioner claimed adding it meant the proposer was an eligible voter.

Hence, he wanted the court to declare as illegal the rejection of his nomination papers as improper and invalid and consequently set aside the election of Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, who returned as Chief Minister in May last after being acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in a graft case, had won the byelection with a margin of over 1.5 lakh votes against her nearest CPI rival C Mahendran.

She had contested the poll to fulfill the constitutional requirement of getting elected as MLA within six months of becoming chief minister.

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