Madras HC has dismissed AC Shanmugham's plea to reverse the cancellation of Vellore Lok Sabha polls.
A C Shanmugham, leader of Puthiya Neethi Katch (PNK), an ally of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Vellore Lok Sabha candidate, has approached the Madras High Court on Wednesday challenging the cancellation of elections in his constituency. A C Shanmugham is a former AIADMK MLA and is currently contesting as an ally using the AIADMK symbol in the Vellore Lok Sabha polls. AIADMK has allied with BJP in the Tamil Nadu polls along with Pattali Makal Katchi (PMK).
Voting in Vellore parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu was rescinded by President Ram Nath Kovind on the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday after a large amount of unaccounted cash was seized from a warehouse belonging to a DMK candidate last month.
Previously, DMK candidate Kathir Anand had written a letter to the Election Commission of India (ECI) alleging that the election watchdog is colluding with the Bharatiya Janata Party to help their candidate, after polls in Vellore constituency were canceled.
In his letter to poll body, Anand had stated:
"The raids were staged and managed by the ruling party to get a bogus report from the I-T department, which acted as judge, jury, and executioner. Based on this bogus report, the ECI has canceled elections projecting as if the money seized was from me and that the said money was stored for distribution to the voters."
Following the 11 crore cash seized by the Income-tax department along with Election commission officials, an FIR had been filed last week against the Vellore DMK candidate Kathir Anand, son of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan.
Last month, the Income Tax department and Election Commission officials had raided DMK treasurer Durai Murugan's residence in Vellore, and reportedly seized a large amount of unaccounted cash. The recoveries were made following members of a flying squad involved in election surveillance and officers of the Income Tax department conducting raids at three places across in Vellore.
Vellore was scheduled to go to polls on Thursday, along with 38 other seats of Tamil Nadu as part of the second phase of general elections.
(With ANI inputs)