TN Cong MP arrested for ''staying'' in bypoll constituency on
polling day, released on bail
(Eds: Updates with arrest, release on bail, adds details)
Tirunelveli (TN), Oct 21 (PTI) Congress MP H
Vasanthakumar was arrested for alleged corrupt practices and
staying in Nanguneri assembly constituency in the district in
''violation'' of election rules during a bypoll held there on
Monday, police said.
A case has been registered against him under Indian Penal
Code sections, including 171-H (Illegal payments in connection
with an election), and under section 123 of the Representation
of the People Act (corrupt practices), they said.
Vasanthakumar, whose resignation on his election to Lok
Sabha necessitated the bypoll in Nanguneri, was later produced
before a court which released him on bail.
Earlier, after being detained, he was taken to the
Nanguneri police station.
Police said the case was registered based on a complaint
from the election officer.
Though the MP claimed he was on his way to his home in
nearby Palayamkottai, police said he was detained at a place
where the MP need not have to go for reaching his destination
and there may be some hidden agenda.
Officials said as per election code leaders and workers
of political parties other than those residing in the district
should not stay in the constituency on the election day.
They also said a case would be registered against Tamil
Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri for staying in
Nanguneri and conducting a press meet at Reddiyarpatti
violating the code of conduct.
In a tweet, Vasanthkumar said he was detained while
proceeding to his house in Palayamkottai and asked should he
need permission to visit his home.
Nanguneri is seeing a direct contest between DMK backed
Congress nominee ''Ruby'' R Manoharan and AIADMK''s Reddiyarpatti
V Narayanan. PTI Corr SSN VS
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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