DMK moves HC for contempt against SEC, others

The DMK today moved the Madras High Court seeking contempt proceedings against the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission and state government officials for not complying with the court’s order on holding local body elections.

The DMK, represented by its organisation secretary R S Bharathi, sought contempt action against the officials for not implementing the court’s September 4 order directing the SEC to issue the notification for the polls on September 18 and complete the entire process by November 17.

The court gave the order while delivering its judgement on an appeal by the SEC against the order of a single judge directing it to hold the local body polls before.

The local body polls were originally slated to be held in October last year, but cancelled by Justice N Kirubakaran on a petition by the DMK seeking among others appropriate reservation as per latest census and rotation of seats according to the norms.

A mention was today made by senior counsel P Wilson for the DMK about the contempt plea before the first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, which accepted to hear it on October 9.

The petitioner also referred to the ordinances issued by the state government on September 3, a day before the court was to deliver its verdict on the matter, repealing certain sections of Tamil Nadu Panchayat Act, 1994.