Split Verdict in 18 AIADMK MLAs’ Disqualification Case

A two-judge bench of the Madras High Court threw up a split verdict in the 18 AIADMK MLAs' disqualification case on Thursday, 14 June.

While High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification, Justice Sundar did not concur. According to reports, the matter will be referred to a larger bench.

  • The case will have a bearing on the stability of the AIADMK government led by E Palaniswamy in Tamil Nadu
  • Ahead of the verdict, the Dhinakaran camp had expressed complete confidence that they would win the case

Madras HC Expected to Deliver Verdict on Disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs Today

The Madras High Court on Thursday, 14 June, is expected to deliver its verdict on petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran.

The verdict may open up a fresh round of political squabbles and legal battles and could have a bearing on the stability of the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami.

EPS had assumed office in February 2017 with the backing of Dhinakaran, but later turned against him.

The first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, which had on 23 January reserved its orders on the petitions by the 18 MLAs challenging their disqualification by the Assembly Speaker under the Anti-Defection Law, was likely to give the judgement in the afternoon, court sources told PTI.

Opposition DMK has been claiming that with the disqualification of the MLAs, the Palaniswami government would be reduced to a minority.

A court ruling adverse to the government would intensify the power struggle between Dhinakaran, now chief of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, and the ruling party led by EPS and O Panneerselvam.

(With inputs from PTI)

'100% Confidence We'll Win the Case': TTV Dhinakaran Camp

Speaking to the media ahead of the likely verdict in the 18 MLAs disqualification case, Thanga Thamizhselvan, belonging to the TTV Dhinakaran camp, expressed “100 percent confidence” that they will win the case.

"We did not commit any mistake. We want to get back to the Assembly and do our Constitutional duty. There is no chance the verdict will be against us. Our next step is to go to the Assembly and speak about the people’s problem." - Thanga Thamizhselvan

Calling the camp the “true AIADMK,” Thamizhselvan said that once they win the case, many MLAs will come to their side.

“We are the true AIADMK. Once we win the case, many MLAs will come to our side. Wait and watch.”

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