Court order quashing MLA’s election stayed

J. Venkatesan

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a judgment of the Madras High Court setting aside the election of M. Chandra (AIADMK) from Rajapalayam (SC) constituency in the 2006 Assembly elections.

A Bench of Justice L.S. Panta and Justice B. Sudarshana Reddy, while staying the judgment dated December 2, said Ms. Chandra could participate in the Assembly proceedings but could not vote. She would not be entitled to salary and emoluments during the pendency of the appeal.

The Bench directed listing the appeal after six weeks.

The High Court had set aside her election on a petition filed by M. Thangamuthu, one of the candidates, alleging that Ms. Chandra contested under the AIADMK symbol by falsely representing that she belonged to the SC community, suppressing the fact that her original name was Glory Chandra and she was born to Christian parents Navakumar and Santhosapackiam.

Ms. Chandra contended that she belonged to the SC (Pallan) and was recognised by the community members. She also denied the allegation that she had filed a false declaration.

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