Chidambaram to face trial over his win in 2009 Lok Sabha polls - The Times of India how long can he survive CHENNAI: Union home minister P Chidambaram's bid to avoid trial in a case pertaining to the validity of his election, in 2009, from Sivaganga parliamentary constituency in Tamil Nadu failed on Thursday with the Madras high Court refusing to entirely strike off an election petition filed by AIADMK's losing candidate R S Raja Kannappan. After having lost the election by a narrow margin, Raja Kannapan filed the election petition leveling several allegations of malpractice against Chidambaram. In his petition, Raja Kannappan claimed that Chidambaram had mobilized funds from various banks to spend on poll campaign. Chidambaram's preliminary objection petition to reject the election petition at an initial stage itself failed last year. Later, he filed a strike-off petition. Had he succeeded, it would have spared him the rigor of the trial such as appearing in the court and getting into the box. On Thursday, Justice K Venkataraman dismissed the strike-off petition but directed deletion of two specific paragraphs in Raja Kannappan's petition containing allegations that the bank funds were used in contesting the elections. Kannappan, in his petition filed on June 25, 2009, had alleged that Chidambaram's election 'deserved' to be declared void due to 'manipulation' of votes and 'corrupt practices' committed by him, his election agents and others, with his consent. Raja Kannappan had also sought recount of the votes polled in the entire constituency, particularly in the Alangudi Assembly segment.