RK Nagar by poll: EC removes senior official over actor Vishal's disqualification row
Chennai, Dec 9 (IBNS): In a surprising move, the Election Commission removed a senior official, who was in charge of conducting the RK Nagar by poll in Tamil Nadu, after the disqualification of southern actor Vishal's nomination, media reports said.
K Velusamy, who was the returning officer, has been replaced by Praveen P Nair, report said.
Velusamy's transfer was recommended by the Chief Electoral Officer.
Vishal's nomination was rejected by the Election Commission on Tuesday which prompted the actor to hint at a conspiracy behind the development.
Vishal had filed his nomination as an independent candidate for the by-polls.
Vishal had announced that he will appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind over the Election Commission’s flip-flops over his nomination for the by poll.
The RK Nagar electoral seat has fallen vacant after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalitha's demise.
The by poll is scheduled to be held on Dec 21.
Image: Actor Vishal Twitter page