R K Nagar by-poll plea: EC puts ball in police court

Chennai: Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni submitted a affidavit in the Madras High Court today in reply to a petition by High Court advocate Vairakannan, seeking details on the action taken by the Election Commission on various complaints regarding the ‘cash for votes’ scam during the run-up to the R K Nagar by-poll in Chennai.

Lakhoni, who appeared in person, stated that “only the Chennai City Police Department and Commissioner of Police have the authority to file an FIR and conduct investigations in the case. The Election Commission is aware of the activities of the Police Department and would intervene and provide guidance as and when necessary.”


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