In a setback for Home Minister P Chidambaram, the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed his plea against a petition that had challenged his election to the Lok Sabha in 2009.
The petition, challenging his election, was filed by AIADMK’s RS Raja Kannappan who had lost to him from the Sivaganga constituency by just 3,354 votes.
In his application, Chidambaram had contended there were some defects in the petition filed by Kannappan.
Chidambaram had claimed the High Court registry had noted the defects when the petition was filed by Kannappan.
Dismissing Chidambaram’s application, Justice K Venkatraman said, “There cannot be any doubt that an election petition filed with defects – which cannot be curable – cannot be considered as an election petition at the end. However, in the case in hand, the defects pointed out by the officer concerned are not defects which are not curable warranting dismissal of the election petition.”
The judge said he was of the considered view that the application preferred by Chidambaram “is liable to be rejected and accordingly rejected”.
Kannappan in his petition filed on June 25, 2009 alleged that Chidambaram’s election ‘deserved’ to be declared void due to ‘manipulation’ of votes and ‘corrupt practices’ committed by him, his election agents and others, with his consent.
He had also sought recounting of votes polled in the entire constituency, particularly in the Alangudi Assembly segment.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during her visit to New Delhi in June last had sought the resignation of Chidambaram alleging that he got himself elected to the Parliament by ‘fraudulent’ means.
She had alleged Chidambaram was announced the successful candidate because of a fraud committed by a data entry operator, but the Union Minister hit back saying her remarks were ‘gross contempt of court’.