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By Vaishvedhidha | Apr 17, 2019 05:42 PM

Madras High Court delivers the verdict on the petitions asking for a stay on the cancellation of Lok Sabha election in Vellore constituency by Election Commission. The petitions have been dismissed and the election stays cancelled for the constituency.

Vellore constituency election: HC delivers verdict.

The Election Commission has decided to cancel the Lok Sabha Election to Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday after unearthing Rs. 11.48 crore worth unaccounted cash during an IT raid on March 31 at a DMK member's house. This is the first time that election is being cancelled due to overuse of money.

DMK has alleged that it was an attempt to "besmirch" the party by using EC while DMK treasurer and the candidate, Kadhir Anand's father, Durai Murugan has called it "murder of democracy."

While the unaccounted cash in DMK's side has caused the issue, another video of Vellore constituency's AIADMK candidate A.C. Shanmugam's video where he talks with other parties' members about distributing cash to voters has gone viral. ADMK has claimed that the video is dubbed.

While the issue on cash stays as a hot topic, AIADMK's candidate for Vellore, A.C. Shanmugam has approached the High Court to stay the cancellation of the election. The argument was heard on Wednesday and the judgement was reserved to be announced at 4.30 PM, the same day. DMK's Kadhir anand has approached the Election Commission asking to take back the decision to cancel the election.

The court has delivered the judgement on the petitions filed challenging Election Commission's decision to cancel the election in Vellore constituency. HC has dismissed the petitions and the election stays cancelled. All other consituencies will go into elections except for Vellore as planned on April 18.

On Tuesday evening, DMK's Tuticorin candidate and DMK chief's sister, Kanimozhi's Tuticorin residence was raided for around 2 hours and earlier on Wednesday, Pondichery's former CM's residence was raided. Later the same day, AMMK candidate's office was also raided.