DMK files contempt plea against TN election commission

Madras High Court

Chennai, Oct 3: The opposition party DMK on Tuesday filed a contempt plea in the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (SEC) and the state government for not informing about the civic elections according to the court order.

The court on September 4, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar.had ordered the poll body to issue the notification regarding the elections on September 18 and wrap up  the election process by November 17.

The directive was passed on PILs moved by the DMK and Change India assailing the order of a single judge dated October 4, 2016, cancelling the election notification dated September 26, 2016, citing non-compliance with the Tamil Nadu Panchayat (Elections) Rules, 1995.

As a result, the notification issued for holding the elections in October last year was quashed by a single judge.

The SEC went on appeal following which the court directed it to issue the notification on September 18 and complete the election process by November 17. But the SEC demanded some time citing a case pending in the Supreme Court.

As the election body failed to issue the poll notification, the opposition party approached the court seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against the SEC and the state government.

Wefornews Bureau 

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