Staff Reporter

PIL alleges anti-socials' nexus with ruling party

MADURAI: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has filed a public interest litigation petition before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, seeking removal of the Commissioner of Police, two Assistant Commissioners and three inspectors till the completion of the by-election to the Madurai Central Assembly constituency.

Alleging that the police officers were hand in glove with hardcore criminals who had been let out on parole by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Government, the party also sought a direction to the Election Commission of India to restrict the movement of anti-socials in the constituency.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice P. K. Misra and Justice G. Rajasuriya, ordered notice to the ECI, the Chief Electoral Officer, the Collector, the Police Commissioner and the Returning Officer of the constituency, returnable by Tuesday.

In his affidavit filed in support of the petition, the party's election wing secretary, O. Panneerselvam, said the by-election was being held following the death of DMK Minister P. T. R. Palanivel Rajan. Anticipating the announcement of the byelection, the ruling party had let a number of hardcore criminals to disturb the poll process, he alleged. Earlier, during arguments, the petitioner's counsel, N. Jothi, claimed that the henchmen had attacked many of his partymen, including six former Ministers, three former MPs and one sitting MLA. He also apprehended threat to his life during his stay in the city to attend the case and sought an assurance from the Special Government Pleader, R. Janakiramulu, who said, "nothing will happen to him."