HC junks plea against Dhinakaran's election from RK Nagar
Justice G Jaichandran dismissed an election petition,filed by an independent candidate, M L Ravi seeking the court's order to declare Dhinakaran's election as "null and void."
Citing a Supreme Court order, the judge said he(Dhinakaran) should not be dragged to contest and "defend vague allegations based on reports of social media and press without any substantive and corroborative materials."
He defeated AIADMK's E Madhusudhanan by over 40,000 votes, dealing a blow to the ruling camp headed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami. The byelection was held to fill the vacancy caused by death of then sitting member and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.
Dhinakaran subsequently launched his party -- Amma Munnetra Kazhagam, in March this year.
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