RK Nagar bypoll bribery case: Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswamy says case registered, DMK not satisfied

Chennai: A case has been registered by the police in connection with the alleged bribing of voters of RK Nagar constituency, where a bypoll slated for 12 April was rescinded by the Election Commission (EC) over use of money power, the state assembly was informed on Monday.

File image of Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami. PTI

Chief Minister K Palaniswamy said the case had been registered by the police and investigation was on.

He was responding to leader of Opposition MK Stalin (DMK) and Congress members who raised the issue of EC asking the state chief electoral officer to lodge a police case on the alleged bribing of voters in RK Nagar constituency in north Chennai.

"A probe is on," he said citing the EC's directive to the CEO which was referred in an RTI reply to a Chennai-based advocate.

However, DMK members were on their feet after Palaniswamy's reply saying they were not satisfied with his response.

Later, they staged a walkout.

The DMK's allies, the Congress and the lone IUML member, followed suit.

Earlier, soon after the Question Hour ended, Stalin sought adjournment of the house to debate the EC's directive.

Speaker P Dhanapal allowed the DMK leader to raise the issue but asked him not to get into the details of it, saying there was not much time to obtain sufficient inputs from the government.

Later, some remarks made by Stalin in connection with the issue were expunged by the Speaker.

The issue of EC's directive came to fore after a copy of its response to a plea under the Right to Information Act by the city-based lawyer MP Vairakkannan was circulated to media on Sunday.

The EC said it had directed the state CEO on 18 April to ask the RK Nagar returning officer to file a complaint with police for bribing the voters.

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017 14:05 PM

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