Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister, M.K. Alagiri, has submitted before the Madras High Court that A. Lazar, who has filed a petition seeking to substitute himself in the place of CPI (M) candidate P. Mohan in the election petition against him (Alagiri), has no locus standi to make the application.

Initially, Mohan filed a petition challenging Mr. Alagiri's election from the Madurai Lok Sabha constituency. Mohan died on October 30 last year.

Lazar of Vilangudi filed the petition stating that he was the alternative candidate of the CPI (M) nominee. Since the nomination of Mohan was accepted, he withdrew his papers. He was also aggrieved at the result declaring Mr. Alagiri elected and was relying on the grounds raised by Mohan in the petition.

In the counter, filed through counsel K. Muthuramalingam, Mr. Alagiri said as Mr. Lazar had withdrawn his nomination, he had not participated in the election. Therefore, he was not entitled to challenge the result.

The petition for substitution could not be maintained as Mohan had filed the original petition on his alleged personal information and information furnished to him by others. Mr. Lazar could not proceed with the petition as he did not have any personal information on the allegation. Mr. Alagiri prayed the court to dismiss petition.