Madras HC declines to ask Election Commission to stay R K Nagar bypoll

Justice Indermeet Kaur also declined to pass any order directing a CBI probe into complaints and allegations of widespread corrupt practices in connection with the bypoll.

Published: 20th December 2017 02:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2017 03:12 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: On the eve of the R K Nagar bypoll in Tamil Nadu, the Delhi High Court today declined to pass any order directing the Election Commission to put on hold the election.

Justice Indermeet Kaur also declined to pass any order directing a CBI probe into complaints and allegations of widespread corrupt practices in connection with the bypoll.

With the court refusing to "delve" into the matter as the by-election is scheduled for tomorrow, the petitioner withdrew his plea which was "dismissed as withdrawn".

The court, however, directed the commission to look into the representation given by the petitioner on December 7, alleging widespread corrupt practices in connection with the bypoll, and to dispose it of within four weeks.

The petitioner, J M Rafi, had sought directions to the EC to reconsider holding of the bypoll in R K Nagar on December 21 in view of the complaints of widespread corrupt practices in connection with the election.

in his plea filed through advocates Astha Tyagi and C Kannan, he had also asked for a CBI probe into the complaints.

Rafi, a member of some local religious group, had also sought directions to the poll panel to decide his representation of December 7.

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