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HC notice to EC on church seeking change in TN poll date

The EC Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that it has rejected a plea by the Tamil Nadu Bishops Council seeking re-scheduling of the April 18 Lok Sabha elections and assembly bypolls in the state as the date clashed with Easter Triduum. The submission was made by the Election Commission (EC) counsel Niranjan Rajagopalan when a petition by council president and Madurai Archbishop Antony Pappusamy seeking a direction to the commission to change the poll date came up for hearing. The counsel said even the news about the EC rejecting the representation had come in the media. The division bench comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad then directed Rajagopalan to file an affidavit in this regard by Thursday and posted the matter for hearing on that day. The archbishop in his public interest litigation petition said that the council had already submitted a memorandum to the EC on the issue and there was no response from it. He submitted that there were around 50 ...

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