Madras HC rejects plea demanding disqualification of Panneerselvam and 10 other AIADMK MLAs

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday has given a relief to the Tamil Nadu government as it has dismissed a plea demanding disqualification of Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and 10 other MLAs loyal to him for having defied the AIADMK party whip in February 2017.

The bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose today passed an order while noting that the court cannot interfere in assembly speaker’s powers.

In its historical order, the High Court has given a logical conclusion in one of the most important cases of Tamil Nadu within the jurisdiction of the High Court.

The opposition DMK and legislators from the TTV Dhinakran faction had filed cases that wanted the court to disqualify the 11 MLAs for having defied an AIADMK whip and voted against a trust moved by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami February 18, 2017.

Kapil Sibal who was representing DMK said in the court that the speaker of Tamil Nadu assembly had failed in his constitutional responsibility by not initiating disqualification proceedings against Paneerselvam and 10 other MLAs who voted against the motion. Therefore, it is for the court to fulfill its obligation by directing such an action.

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