The EC had initially deferred the elections in the two constituencies to May 23 from May 16 when the state went for polls and again to June 13 before recommending cancellation of the elections on May 28.

 

It took the action following evidence of the use of money to influence voters, saying the atmosphere there is "seriously vitiated" to hold the democratic exercise at this stage.

 

Later a petition was filed in the Madras High Court seeking disqualification of the candidates.

 

The First Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan before which the petitions by M Baskaran and others came up for hearing, said, "The Election Commission is already seized of the dispute and in fact, has taken necessary action and continues to take further action."

 

It said Baskaran, who was the PMK candidate in Aravakurichi constituency, sought disqualification of the candidates who have been found using an enormous money to lure voters.

 

The counsel for the EC stated that the provisions of law may be inadequate in this regard and the Commission would explore the issue and see if recommendations need to be made for necessary changes in the law.

 

The bench also disposed of another petition by M S Ramalingam, who sought postponement of the election in Thanjavur Assembly constituency.