New Delhi: DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday demanded the Election Commission to transfer to CBI the case involving alleged money distribution to RK Nagar voters in April 2017. Stalin also slammed the Tamil Nadu government for not appealing against a single judge’s decision to scrap an FIR related to alleged electoral malpractices committed during the by-election.
A report by Times of India quoted the DMK chief Stalin as saying, “The case came up before a Madras high court bench on Tuesday. The case is about papers being seized from health minister C Vijaya Baskar during the income tax searches in 2017.”Stalin further claimed that the seized documents had details about all the ministers involved in the bribery including chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Taking to his official Twitter account, MK Stalin on Wednesday said, “I urge the Election Commission to take steps to transfer the case to the CBI, in order to protect the credibility of the electoral process and the election authorities.”
Meanwhile on Tuesday, defeated DMK candidate Maruthu Ganesh and advocate MP Vairakkannan filed pleas seeking CBI inquiry. Advocate R Neelakandan, on the other hand, claimed that the election officials were acting in favour of the offenders who were members of the ruling AIADMK party.
While the EC report had three particular names, the I-T report mentioned several names, as per an earlier court hearing. However, the FIR filed in the case did not mention the names of the accused, stated the DMK chief. The FIR was registered on the basis of a police complaint filed by the returning officer on April 27 under the direction of the EC.
The case is related to the I-T raids conducted at various places on April 7, 2017, in the money distribution to RK Nagar voters case, which subsequently led to the polls being cancelled then. Notably, the RK Nagar by-election was then conducted on December 2017.