CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai East, to monitor the investigation in the RK Nagar bypoll irregularities case.
A division bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee gave the direction when a PIL from MP Vairakkannan, an advocate, came up on Friday.
The PIL sought a direction to the authorities to file an FIR with regard to the electoral malpractices in the RK Nagar bypoll, which was cancelled later.
The bench adjourned the matter until August 23 after directing the EC counsel R Niranjan to file a counter.
The petitioner contended that though EC had directed the Tamil Nadu CEO to take appropriate action, the latter and the RK Nagar Returning Officer had not done so. He also alleged that they were shielding the offenders for political reasons. Hence, it was just and necessary to direct the CEO and RO to file an FIR.