Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Madras HC orders notice to DMDK president Vijayakanth

A file picture of DMDK leader Vijaykanth during an election campaign in Thiruvaiyaru. Photo: M. Srinath.
The Madras High Court today ordered notice to DMDK president and actor Vijayakanth on a petition seeking a direction to the EC to conduct inquiry into his alleged remarks against the Indian Army and cancel the status of political party to his organisation.
A bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, before whom the matter came up today, ordered notice to Mr. Vijayakanth which would be returnable within four weeks.
According to petitioner T S Rajan, editor and publisher of a magazine, Mr. Vijayakanth was asked to comment on what his strategy in the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls was.
To this he reportedly replied that “even the Indian Army did not have a strategy” when they fought the Kargil war and other wars with Pakistan.
Mr. Rajan said that by equating the wars fought by the Indian Army with his lack of political strategy, Vijayakanth had “hurt the patriotic sentiments of the electorate of Tamil Nadu”.
Mr. Rajan contended that through his adverse remarks and false allegations against the Indian Army, the DMDK chief had committed offences punishable under various sections of the IPC.
“These are very serious allegations and could not ignored as a pointless rhetoric from a politician,” the petition argued, adding, “The leader of a recognized political party has demonstrated that he failed to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and has violated the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.”
Mr. Rajan also claimed DMDK had lost the qualification to function as a registered political party.
He submitted that he has already sent a representation to the EC.
He also sought that pending a final decision on his complaint, directions be issued restraining the returning officers of 41 constituencies in which DMDK candidates are contesting from declaring the results if any of their candidates, is found to have secured the majority votes.

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