The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation petition seeking a direction to the authorities for videographing the elections to cooperative societies in Tamil Nadu. The polls are to be held in various phases starting from April 5.

The petitioner sought video-recording of the filing of nominations and counting of votes. Members should bring their photo identity cards to avoid bogus voting. The ballot boxes should be kept in the Revenue Department till the date of counting of votes, he said.

A Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M. Venugopal said that taking into account the facts and circumstances of the case, it was of the considered opinion that the petitioner, merely on apprehension and without any supporting material, had filed the present petition. It was premature and liable to be dismissed.

The petitioner, N. Pandian of Agara Alambadi in Cuddalore district, a member of the Sethiyathope Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Society, said the Tamil Nadu government had given powers to the general body of cooperative societies for including new members. This was against a High Court ruling. He alleged that on March 29, on which date nomination papers were to have been received, officials refused to issue forms to the members The nomination papers were given only to selected persons. Various irregularities were published in newspapers.

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