: Now a State Minister is in the news for “suppressing information” about his first marriage while filing the nomination.

He is Revenue Minister, B.V. Ramana. In a public interest litigation petition, K.M. Balaji of Tondiarpet has alleged that the Minister had suppressed information about his first marriage in his affidavit while filing the nomination in the Tiruvallur constituency in the 2011 Assembly elections. In the affidavit, Mr. Ramana had mentioned R. Latha as his wife and R. Varunisha as a dependent. The petitioner alleged that Mr. Ramana had married a woman and had two children. This had not been mentioned in the affidavit.

The petitioner prayed the court to issue a direction to the Chief Electoral Officer to consider his representation and take necessary action against the Minister for filing a false affidavit.

The First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan posted the matter for hearing after the summer vacation.