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Case Filed in Cash for Vote in RK Nagar Bypoll, Says TN CM  

Chennai: A day after the media reported that Election Commission of India (ECI) asked to register an FIR against persons, who were allegedly involved in bribing the voters at R K Nagar bypoll, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami today said in the Assembly that a case had been registered with regard to the issue.

“A case has been registered after obtaining permission from the Metropolitan Magistrate court. Investigation is going on”, Palaniswami told the House soon after the Opposition DMK members raised the issue and wanted to discuss it in the Assembly.

However, the Chief Minister did not disclose the name of persons, who were mentioned in the FIR.

Not satisfied with the reply, the DMK members walked out of the House and were followed by Congress members.

The ECI has ordered to register an FIR against the persons, who were allegedly involved in the cash for votes allegation during the high-profile R K Nagar by-election.

ECI’s initiative was revealed in a reply to an RTI application filed by an advocate, Vairakannan, who asked the Commission that what action has been proposed to take against Palaniswami, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani, Education Minister K.A. Sengottiyan, Health Minister Vijaya Bhaskar, Co-Operative Minister Sellur Raju and AIADMK Amma candidate for R K Nagar bypoll TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly misconduct of distributing money to the voters in R K Nagar.

The ECI, in its reply dated May 25, 2017, which was circulated in the media as well as showed in various TV channels, said, “the Commission has directed that an FIR may be filed by the Returning Officer”.

The poll panel had also sent a 34-page report of the Income Tax Department to the State Chief Electoral Officer and the Chief Secretary.

Stalin flayed the “delay in filing an Election Commission-recommended” criminal case against the Chief Minister and other Ministers.

PMK leader S. Ramadoss demanded the resignation of Palaniswami and the Ministers under cloud so that the investigation in the case can progress in a proper fashion.