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Madras HC summons EC official over Jayalalithaa's thumb impression

The EC official will submit the documents relating to the permission given for the thumb impression of Jayalalithaa and how it is in line with the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act

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Madras HC summons EC official over Jayalalithaa's thumb impression
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Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered the Principal Secretary of the Election Commission of India (EC) to depose before it on October 6 in connection with affixing of thumb impression on last year's poll documents by late chief minister and AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa while she was in hospital.

Justice P Velumurugan on Wednesday asked the Principal Aecretary to explain if the poll body had authorised the doctor attending on Jayalalithaa to attest her thumb impression affixed on the form of AIADMK candidate AK Bose.

The EC official will submit the documents relating to the permission given for the thumb impression of Jayalalithaa and how it is in line with the provisions of the Representation of Peoples Act and also the election conduct rules.

DMK's candidate for Thirupparankundram Assembly constituency P Saravanan had approached the court to cancel the election of AIADMK's AK Bose from the seat in the by-election held last year raising doubts on affixing of the thumb impression. His counsel questioned the authenticity of the Jayalalithaa's thumb impression that was affixed on the Form B that has to be signed by a candidate's party chief.

As per the Representation of People Act, a candidate contesting on behalf of a political party has to submit Form B, where their party's leader has to authorise the candidate to contest under the party's election symbol.

Jayalalithaa who was in Apollo Hospitalduring October 2016 had an inflamed right hand as she had undergone tracheostomy. She had to affix her left thumb impression in the poll documents submitted by an AIADMK candidate. The by-polls in Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Thiruparankundram assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu were slated for November 19 and the ruling AIADMK candidates had filed their papers. The three AIADMK candidates submitted their papers on October 28 to the Returning Officers.

The thumb impression of Jayalalithaa was attested by a government doctor - P.Balaji, Professor of Minimal Access Surgery, Madras Medical College.

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