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EC must act against official, says DMK

DMK asked the EC to take action against officials for 'blatant' violation of the code of conduct by 'withdrawing' two criminal cases against AIADMK candidate in Central Chennai constituency.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2004 05:32 PM IST

DMK on Friday asked the Election Commission to intervene immediately and take suitable action against officials for 'blatant' violation of the model code of conduct by 'withdrawing' two criminal cases against the ruling party candidate in Central Chennai Parliamentary constituency.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner, TS Krishnamoorthy, DMK Treasurer Arcot Veerasamy said the state's Home Secretary had issued a Government Order withdrawing criminal cases against AIADMK candidate N Balaganga, when the model code of conduct was in force.

Citing press reports, he said two criminal cases filed against Balaganga had been withdrawn by the State Government. He was charged with offences under various sections of IPC.

A petition for advancing the case was filed by the additional public prosecutor, along with withdrawal petition on April 16, on the date of notification issued for the general elections in Tamil Nadu. The case was posted for Apr.19 and the petition for withdrawal of the case was allowed and Balaganga discharged from the case by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Chennai, Veerasamy said quoting press reports.

If the Home Department could show 'outright favouritism' to the ruling party, the police under this regime would only follow suit and the opposition parties could not expect impartiality by the law and order enforcing machinery, Veerasamy, a former state minister, said while requesting EC to intervene immediately in the matter.

A copy of the letter has been sent to state Chief Electoral Officer Mrutyunjay Sarangi.

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