The Election Commission has ordered registration of a criminal case against Tamil Nadu minister M K Stalin for allegedly distributing money to people in the Thirumangalam Assembly seat,where a by-election would be held on January 9.
A case would be registered against Stalin,who is the son of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi,on charges of bribery.
The poll authorities have also been instructed to issue a notice to the ruling DMK after television channels telecast video clippings allegedly showing Stalin distributing money in at least two places in the constituency.
The EC also issued a notice to the AIADMK and ordered registration of a case against Dandapany,the district joint secretary of MGR Mantram in Coimbatore,on charges of distribution of money.
A delegation of MPs from the AIADMK,CPI and MDMK on Monday met the EC to complain about the alleged distribution of money by Stalin. The delegation,which included CPI leader D Raja and MDMK leader C Krishnan,also drew the attention of the EC to the alleged attempts by the ruling DMK to tamper Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to its advantage in the poll.
In the first video clipping shown by two TV channels and running for about a minute,Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology A Raja can be seen picking Rs 500 notes from his pocket and handing them over to Stalin one by one.
Stalin,who holds the Local Administration portfolio,then allegedly distributed the money to people at Pungankulam near Vagaikulam in the constituency.
The clippings,according to the cameramen,were taken at around 8 am on Saturday. Each person was seen getting two Rs 500 notes. Another video clipping,taken by the same cameramen,showed state Revenue Minister I Periyasamy distributing Rs 500 notes indiscriminately to people,mainly women welcoming him with aarti in the Thirumangalam town constituency.
The notice to Stalin will be a huge embarrassment for the ruling DMK,which is already facing allegations of money distribution to voters in the constituency from the opposition parties.