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'Bribing' of voters in RK Nagar: Case registered, says CM K. Palaniswami

19 June 2017

The Election Commission had ordered the Returning Officer of the RK Nagar assembly constituency where the by-election was scheduled to be held but was later cancelled to file an FIR against Palaniswamy, four Ministers and party candidate Dinakaran on the charge of attempting to bribe voters, Stalin said in a statement. In a letter dated April 18, the EC has written to the Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu and to the state's Chief Secretary.

"A case has been registered by the police and investigation is underway", he said.

However, the Chief Minister did not disclose the name of persons, who were mentioned in the FIR.

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

Meanwhile, 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.

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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.

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.

He said over 30 complaints have been registered by police for alleged electoral malpractices. Based on the documents seized during the I-T raids on Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar's properties in Chennai in early April, the Central Board of Direct Taxes had submitted a report to the EC saying that around Rs90 crore were set aside by the AIADMK to be distributed among the voters.

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which was necessitated following the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa last December, was subsequently rescinded by the EC over the allegations of large-scale distribution of money to voters.

'Bribing' of voters in RK Nagar: Case registered, says CM K. Palaniswami