Reserves Order By Delhi High Court On Sasikala-Dhinakaran Plea For “Hat” Symbol

The Delhi High Court today possesses its order on an interim plea by V K Sasikala-T T V Dhinakaran group of AIADMK for practising the “hat” symbol in the forthcoming R.K Nagar constituency- poll. Justice Indermeet Kaur heard reasoning in support of the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group, the poll panel and the party of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and said it will relinquish an order at 4 pm today. The court even issued a notice to the Election Commission of India, O Panneerselvam, Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami endeavouring their responses to Sasikala and Dhinakaran’s pleas challenging the poll panel’s November 23 order allotting the “two-leaves” symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami faction.

 

The Court sought the acknowledgement of Madhusudhanan, AIADMK’s nominee for the R K Nagar by poll and MLA Semmalai, who are even the respondents in the pleas by Dhinakaran and Sasikala. The foremost supplication will be heard on 12th February, the Court said. During the arguments, the poll panel, Palaniswami, Paneerselvam and others protested the grant of “hat” symbol to Sasikala-Dhinakaran group by the court, saying the Returning Officer {O} solely has the power to do so. They even said that if the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group do not get “hat” symbol, then some other free symbol would be granted to them by the Returning Officer. The Court, however, didn’t resemble to agree with the assertions, saying the RO being subordinate to the poll panel, he will not go upon the EC’s November 23 order by which the privilege of “hat” symbol to Sasikala-Dhinakaran group was set aside. It expressed the judgement that if the “hat” symbol was not conferred to the Sasikala-Dhinakaran group, then the other side may “win by default”. “Elections have to be free and fair. You (Panneerselvam- Palaniswami) should not get a vote by default,” the court said. The symbol of the hat was given to the group of Sasikala-Dhinakaran by EC in March this tear when it had halted the use of the “two-leaves” symbol to which the group led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam had also laid claim.

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