2019 By-polls: SC to hear DMK plea on vacant seats 28 March

Chennai: The Supreme Court said it would hear DMK’s plea seeking direction to the Election Commission (EC) for holding by-elections in three vacant Assembly seats in Tamilnadu 28 March.

The matter was mentioned for early hearing before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Sanjiv Khanna Monday.

The bench was told by the counsel appearing for DMK that the matter has been listed for hearing on 8 April but since the by-polls for other vacant 18 Assembly seats was scheduled to be held 18 April, it should be heard as early as possible. ‘List on 28 March,’ the bench said.

On 15 March, the apex court had asked the EC to respond to DMK’s plea. DMK is seeking by-polls for Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Aravakurichi Assembly constituencies.

Tamilnadu’s Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo had earlier said that by-polls are not scheduled for the Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Aravakurichi constituencies as election petitions are pending in the Madras High Court.

NT Bureau