Sunday, October 18, 2009

HC: No law to make MLAs declare assets

The Madras HC on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking directions to the Tamil Nadu assembly to ask MLAs declare assets on the ground that there was no such law. The petitioner, V Madhav, a Right to Information (RTI) activist, said the assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution in August 1969 to declare assets and update their status every 12 months. Chief minister M Karunanidhi, the force behind the resolution, filed his declarations for about 20 years, till 1989, the petition said. Citing the assembly secretariat's response to RTI inquiries, Madhav said only a handful of MLAs declared assets during the past 40 years. His counsel Krishna Ananth submitted that though candidates contesting in elections are mandated to declare their asset particulars, there is no mechanism to ascertain as to what was their wealth status after they become
MLAs.

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