Returning Officer has to submit report to EC, says CEO
A verification by the Returning Officer of Penamaluru here has showed that Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy has not mentioned the case of FERA violation in his affidavit filed along with his nomination papers at the time of Assembly elections in 2009.
Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal, who was here on a two-day visit to review the work on revision of electoral rolls, however remained silent on the issue of the likely action against the Minister for concealing information.
The original affidavit, which was taken out of the trunk here on Friday under the custody of the returning officer – Revenue Divisional Officer, showed that the Minister did not mention any case pending against him.
Talking to media persons, the Vijayawada Revenue Divisional Officer just stated that there was no mention of any criminal case in the affidavit.
A few legal experts here have opined that the Minister did not make a mention of the FERA case as the conviction in that case was for less than two years.
This being the case, he was not liable for any action by the Election Commission.
In-charge Joint Collector M. Janaki said that the district Collector would have to review the case if any complaint in this regard was filed.
Special Correspondent from Hyderabad adds: The Chief Electoral Officer has said that the verification process of the alleged failure of the Minister to mention the case pending against him in his election affidavit before the Returning Officer was still under way.
He said it was for the Returning Officer to verify and submit a report to the Election Commission.
Asked whether any action would be initiated against the Minister, Mr. Bhanwarlal said it was too early to comment about it at this stage.