FIR filed in April itself EC informs HC

TTV Dinakaran

TTV Dinakaran

"The investigation is going on", Palaniswami told the House soon after the Opposition DMK members raised the issue and wanted to discuss in the Assembly.

An RTI filed by High Court Advocate MP Vairakannan, who resides in the RK Nagar constituency, shows that there has been a deliberate delay in the case, despite the Election Commission's intervention.

The Election Commission in a statement said that it had received a report from the income tax department regarding the search and seizure of certain documents indicating large scale distribution of money to bribe voters to influence the by-polls in R K Nagar Assembly Constituency which is an offence under Section 171-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

DMK leader MK Stalin on Sunday flayed the "delay in filing an Election Commission recommended" criminal case against Palaniswamy and the Ministers.

However, chief minister did not disclose the name of the persons who were mentioned in the FIR. Stalin wondered how the chief minister who pleaded ignorance of the EC diktat yesterday, now claiming a case has been registered.

He said the poll panel had also sent a 34-page report by the Income Tax Department to the state Chief Electoral Officer and the Chief Secretary.

PMK leader S. Ramadoss demanded the resignation of Palaniswami and the Ministers under cloud so that the investigation in the case can progress in a proper fashion.

He said the Election Commission's order to lodge a police complaint was obtained by a person from the poll body under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Asked by IANS whether a FIR was lodged against Palaniswami and others as directed by the Election Commission, CEO Rajesh Lakhani was evasive.

He said over 30 complaints have been registered by police for alleged electoral malpractices. "We have also seized documents showing Rs 89 crore changed hands in R.K. Nagar", a senior Income Tax official said then.

The April 12 bypoll, which was necessitated following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa last December, was subsequently rescinded by the EC over the allegations of large-scale distribution of money to voters.