The Madras High Court on Monday recognized a request made on behalf of previous Union Minister P. Chidambaram and permitted him to look prior to it on February seven for cross assessment in a case tough his victory from the Sivaganga Parliamentary constituency in 2009 by a margin of three,354 votes.
Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana acceded to the request made by senior counsel R. Thyagarajan and G. Masilamani on behalf of Mr. Chidambaram, and urged all functions to cooperate for the early disposal of the election petition, because it experienced been pending in the court docket for more than a 10 years.
The former Union Minister was originally expected to show up for cross-examination on August thirty, but he could not make it as he was arrested by the CBI in the INX Media circumstance on August 21 and was unveiled on bail only on December 4.
In the meantime, the choose acquired deputed to the Madurai Bench of the Madras Significant Court docket for 3 months from December two. That’s why, she experienced listed the circumstance via videoconferencing on Monday and sought to confirm regardless of whether it would be doable to perform the cross-examination on January thirteen. In reply, Mr. Thyagarajan claimed: “I am informed that he may well not be offered in the complete of January.” He also requested the court docket to listing the scenario in the very first 7 days of February.
Mr. Masilamani said, in the interregnum, the counsel would make a request to Main Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi to allow Justice Sathyanarayana to record the cross-examination proceedings in particular person, given that it could possibly not be practical, each for the Bench and the Bar, to perform the trial via videoconferencing.
“The other aspect may perhaps take one working day for cross-assessment and we will take a different day for arguments. That’s all. We are not analyzing any other witness. He is the only witness from our side,” the senior counsel assured the court docket. The choose then directed the Registry to list the case on February seven.
The election petition was submitted by R.S. Raja Kannappan, who was fielded by the AIADMK in the Sivaganga constituency in 2009. Then, he had filed a 28-paragraph affidavit, levelling many allegations of electoral malpractice towards Mr. Chidambaram. Although the previous Union Minister urged the court to strike off twenty five out of the 28 paragraphs from the affidavit, Justice K. Venkataraman (because retired), on June 8, 2012, struck down only two paragraphs, wherein Mr. Chidambaram was accused of employing the expert services of officers of nationalised banks to guarantee his victory. Then, the courtroom pointed out that facts like the names of the banks and the officials and the area wherever they experienced been enlisted for poll duty experienced not been outlined in the election petition. In so much as other allegations of corrupt techniques this kind of as distribution of revenue to voters was concerned, the decide made the decision to maintain a entire-fledged trial.
However, right after his retirement in April 2013, the election petition was assigned to distinctive judges, who far too retired from support prior to the conclusion of the demo, and the situation at last got outlined in advance of Justice Sathyanarayana in February.
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