election petition moved by P Milany, Justice M S Ramesh said, “This court is of the view that the election petitioner has prima facie made out cause of action.”

Madras high court refuses to reject election petition moved against AIADMK MP
Sureshkumar | Oct 16, 2020, 14:00 IST
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AIADMK MP P Raveendranath Kumar
CHENNAI: In a setback to Theni MP P Raveendranath Kumar, the Madras high court on Friday refused to reject an election petition moved by a voter of the parliamentary constituency challenging his victory.
Dismissing the plea moved by Raveendranath seeking to reject the election petition moved by P Milany, Justice M S Ramesh said, “This court is of the view that the election petitioner has prima facie made out cause of action.”
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The election petition could not be termed as scandalous and immature, the court added.
Milany moved the election petition alleging that Raveendranath indulged in corrupt practices to secure victory.
The petitioner alleged that Raveendranath and his father and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam misused the government machinery during the 2019 parliamentary elections and ensured that he emerged victorious.
Milany further alleged that the MP had suppressed his shareholding in a private firm, Vani Fabrics Limited, in his affidavit filed before contesting the election.
On April 7, 2017 the MP’s brother was found distributing free saris with Rs 1,000 cash to voters of Thendral Nagar in the constituency, he added.
Though the election commission was informed of many such incidents, it failed to rescind the election notification issued for the Theni parliamentary constituency.
Opposing the petition, Raveendranath contended that the petition should not be entertained since it was bereft of material facts and particulars regarding the alleged corrupt practices. He further alleged that the petitioner was a member of the DMK and he had failed to disclose the same in the election petition.
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Kaushik Kannan | Updated: Oct 16, 2020, 13:44 IST
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MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday informed the Madras high court that it would not issue prospectus for medical admissions till a decision is taken by the constitutional authority on the Bill to provide 7.5% horizontal reservation to government school students who clear NEET for admission to undergraduate medical courses.
Advocate general Vijay Narayan informed the court that the decision was yet to be taken on the Bill by the governor.
Expressing anguish over the delay in taking a decision with regard to the Bill, Justice N Kirubakaran turned emotional. He broke into tears over the plight of the government school students in getting admission for medical courses.
A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and B Pugalendhi orally observed that though the government school students take the composition of 41 % in the state, the students admission in medical courses had been only in single digit in the state during the past three years. The judges observed that due to this reason, government school students were not applying for NEET.
Appreciating political parties in the state for unanimously passing the Bill in the assembly, the judges observed that the horizontal reservation of 7.5 % is only a meagre one in an attempt to provide a level playing field to government school students. Since the NEET results are to be published on October 16 and the admissions would commence thereafter, the judges observed that it was saddening to know that a decision was yet to be taken on the Bill.
Observing that the decision should be taken on the Bill at the earliest to safeguard the interest of the government school students, the judges sought response as to when the government would publish the prospectus for medical admissions. The advocate general informed the court that the state government would not issue the prospectus till a decision was taken on the Bill by the governor.
The judges adjourned the case to October 29 for further hearing.
The court was hearing a batch of two public interest litigations filed by S Ramakrishnan and V Muthukumar who sought a direction to implement the horizontal reservations based on the recommendation of the committee led by Justice (retired) P Kalaiyarasan.
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