A petition challenging the election of Home Minister P Chidambaram to the Lok Sabha from Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu was filed in the Madras High Court today by his AIADMK rival Raja Kannappan.
Kannappan, who had lost the polls from the constituency by a margin of over 3,000 votes, alleged malpractices in counting.
The AIADMK leader, in his petition, sought the court's direction to nullify Chidambaram's election to the Lower House and declare him elected.
He also sought recounting of votes for the constituency, claiming that if recounting was ordered, he would win by 7,034 votes.
Kannappan claimed that over 1,400 votes polled in his favour from Alangudi assembly segment were taken in favour of Chidambaram and that electoral officials did not take any action on his complaint.
He also alleged that Chidambaram had indulged in several electoral malpractices.