DMK plea for disqualification of 11 AIADMK MLAs dismissed by Madras High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 28 Apr 2018 4:57pm

DMK plea for disqualification of 11 AIADMK MLAs dismissed by Madras High Court

Chennai: A bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose of the Madras high court rejected the petition by DMK whip Sakkarapani seeking disqualification of 11 AIADMK  MLAs, which included Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. The Palaniswami government could have been reduced to a minority in the state assembly if 11 MLAs were to be disqualified.

On rejecting the plea, the court gave the reason of pendency of a petition in the Supreme Court on power of courts to issue directions to the Speaker of a state assembly.

The DMK whip sought disqualification of Panneerselvam and 10 others as they had  voted against their own party government led by Edappadi K Palaniswami last year as they were opposed to Palaniswami's continuation as Chief Minister. Under anti defection law he sought their disqualification.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam contended that whip was not issued to his group of MLAs.

Though Panneerselvam and other MLAs voted against the AIADMK leadership in the confidence motion held on February 18, 2017, CM Palaniswami comfortably proved his majority by 122-11.Later on there was patch up between the two and Panneerselvam merged his group with main party in August and in return he was made the deputy CM.

This was done as V K Sasikala and her nephew T T V Dinakaran emerged as new power centre. Dinakaran contested and won elections from R K Nagar, a constituency from where late chief minister J Jayalalithaa used to contest. He also earned the support of 18 MLAs but they were disqualified by the speeaker. Under these circumstances further reduction in the strength of the MLAs would have endangered continuity of the government.

The 18 disqualified MLAs have challenged their disqualification but matter remains pending in Madras High Court.

Tagged: Madras High Court   Supreme Court   DMK   AIADMK  
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