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Madras HC summons Bengaluru Jail official with Jayalalithaa’s fingerprints 

Chennai, Nov 24 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Friday summoned the Superintendent of Parappana Agrahara Jail in Bengaluru to appear before it with the fingerprint records of Tamil Nadu’s late Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa in connection with affixing of the thumb impression on poll documents, said a lawyer.

The prison official will have to appear before the High Court on December 8, V.Arun, the lawyer for P.Saravanan, the DMK candidate for the Thirupparankundram assembly constituency in the by-election held last year, told IANS.

The court had also asked the Central government to produce the Aadhar card details of Jayalalithaa if any, he said, adding that the fingerprints of Jayalalithaa with the Bengaluru jail and with the Central government if she had taken an Aadhar card would be compared with those in the poll papers.

Saravanan had approached the court to cancel the election of AIADMK’s A.K. Bose from the Thirupparankundram Assembly constituency in the by-election held last year, raising doubts on affixing of the thumb impression by Jayalalithaa, also the AIADMK chief, in his poll documents.

Jayalalithaa was lodged in the Parappana Agrahara prison after she was convicted in a corruption case by the trial court in 2014 but later let out on bail.

In September 2016, she was admitted to Apollo Hospital for illness. In October 2016, she had an inflamed right hand as she had undergone tracheostomy and had to affix her left thumb impression in the poll documents submitted by the AIADMK candidate.

As per the Representation of People Act, a candidate contesting on behalf of a political party has to submit Form B, where their party leader has to authorise the candidate to contest under the party’s election symbol.

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