The Madras High Court today said the Election Commission would have to take appropriate steps to ensure a fair and transparent by-election in R K Nagar Assembly constituency in view of the earlier bypoll being cancelled over bribing of voters.
Justice K Ravichandrababu made the observations while disposing of a petition by DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh in the December 21 by-election.
He said the court hoped that the EC would take all effective steps to prevent illegalities of bribing voters.
The petitioner sought steps, including installation of CCTV cameras in all streets of the constituency and live streaming of the polling and counting to curb illegal activities.
According to the petitioner, during the previous cancelled by-election, corrupt practices were allegedly adopted by the ruling AIADMK, leading to the poll being rescinded by the election body.
He said in the changed scenario, two rival groups of the AIADMK had fielded their respective candidates and alleged
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