Madras High Court Extends Stay on Floor Test in Tamil Nadu Assembly Until Further Orders

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Madras High Court Extends Stay on Floor Test in Tamil Nadu Assembly Until Further Orders

Justice M Duraiswamy directed no election notification to seats of 18 disqualified MLAs.

Chennai, September 20: The Madras High Court on Wednesday extended the stay order on floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly until further orders. The court was hearing the plea of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs, who backed sidelined party leader TTV Dinakaran.

Justice M Duraiswamy  directed no election notification to seats of 18 disqualified MLAs. The court did not stay the disqualification of MLAs and adjourned the hearing in the case to October 4.

Questioning the disqualification of the MLAs, Dinakaran’s lawyer Dushyant Dave said, “Anti-defection law being misused by the Speaker. Why no committee was constituted according to laws of Assembly to enquire MLAs. Speaker is influenced by somebody. MLAs didn’t vote against party or resigned. So why the question of anti-defection? Speaker depriving right of MLAs.”

The MLAs had filed a plea challenging Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal’s decision to disqualify them. The MLAs were disqualified under the 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members Party Defection Law.

The Dinakaran faction had earlier met the officials from the Election Commission and requested them to declare the recently-conducted general council meeting of the party null and void. The AIADMK, in its general council meeting, had passed a resolution, according to which jailed party general secretary VK Sasikala stood expelled from the party and the post of the temporary general secretary forfeited.

The resolution further said that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, E Palanisamy and his deputy, O Panneerselvam, shall retrieve the party and its symbol. The resolution stated that all announcements by Dinakaran stand cancelled.

On September 14, the Dinakaran faction had also moved the high court demanding a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to prove the majority of the Palanisamy government. The court later ordered that no floor test will be conducted till September 20.

With inputs from Agencies