High Court sets aside opposition legislator’s election

December 2nd, 2008 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Dec 2 (IANS) The Madras High Court Tuesday set aside the election of a woman AIADMK legislator Glory Chandra from Rajapalayam for reportedly producing a false certificate claiming scheduled caste status.Upholding a petition filed by an independent candidate Thangamuthu challenging Chandra’s election, judge C. Nagappan steered clear and declared the nearest loser V.P. Rajan of the DMK elected in her place.

The court observed that Chandra had failed to prove that she is from a scheduled caste despite being accorded many opportunities since her election in 2006.

The plaintiff alleged that she belonged to a minority community and hence did not qualify to contest from the constituency reserved for scheduled castes.

The court has allowed Chandra three weeks’ time to appeal against the judgement.

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