Prisoner in Chennai Wants Parole - But For Contesting Elections! 

A prisoner is seeking parole as he is contesting as an independent in the May 16 Assembly Election.

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  • In an interesting incident, a prisoner is seeking parole not for the high ideals of freedom, but for canvassing, as he is contesting as an independent in the May 16 Assembly Election. Dhanasekharan, who is facing several criminal cases, has been detained under Goondas Act and is lodged in Central Prison, Puzhal. He had filed his nomination to contest the polls from Thiruvottiyur constituency in Thiruvallur district, where he is contesting as an independent candidate.
  • Justice V Bharathidasan gave the direction on a petition filed by the sister of Dhanasekharan, contesting as an independent in Thiruvottiyur constituency, seeking grant of parole to him to effectively canvass votes for the Diamond symbol allotted by Election Commission.
Since the election is to be held on May 16, the Home Secretary, the third respondent is directed to pass orders on the representation of the petitioner dated May 9 on or before May 14.
Justice V Bharathidasan

The Returning Officer had accepted his nomination and he was allotted the Diamond symbol. Dhanasekaran submitted he has every right to campaign in his constituency as his nomination has been accepted. He said he had submitted a representation to the Home Secretary on May 9 to allow him to go on parole to appoint booth agents and also to tour his constituency but this was not considered and so he moved the court.

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