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SEC assures conducive atmosphere for taking oath

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Chennai, Oct 23 (UNI) Tamil Nadu State Election Commission today gave an undertaking before Madras High Court it would ensure a conducive atmosphere when councillors took oath on October 25 and during the October 28 polls for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of Town Panchayats, Panchayat Union Councils, District Panchayats and Municipalities.

A Division Bench comprising Ms Justice Prabha Sridevan and Mr Justice C Nagappan recorded the undertaking given by Advocate General R Viduthalai and closed a petition filed by AIADMK MLA D Jayakumar, seeking to permit AIADMK councilors to take oath and permit them to contest election to the posts of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen.

The bench said the Advocate General gave an undertaking that the SEC would ensure a conducive atmosphere for all successful candidates to take oath on October 25 and participate in the elections.

Government Pleader Raja Kalifullah too gave an undertaking that police protection would be given, if needed on specific representation by candidates while assuming office and participating in the election. No arrest would be made with regard to election- related issues. If anyone was arrested for other offences under the IPC, arrangements would be made for them to take oath and participate in the election. With regard to granting interim bail to V P R Suresh, successful candidate of Tuticorin Panchayat Union Council, who was arrested on October 21, Mr Raja said he had no objection.

Accordingly, V P R Suresh was granted interim bail for a week, on condition that he should execute a bond for Rs 10,000 with two sureties each for a like sum, the bench added.

Mr Jayakumar said the SEC categorically stated that if any body did not take oath on October 25, he would not be permitted to contest the election. The ruling party, to scuttle the prospects of elected representatives of the AIADMK to contest for posts, in collusion with officials started threatening them and was registering false cases against them, he charged. An instance was V P R Suresh, he added.

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