Madras High Court judgement on the petitions challenging Disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran has come as a split verdict.
HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker’s order disqualifying MLAs, while Justice M Sundar struck it down.
Case will now be heard a fresh by Senior most judge after Chief Justice.
Chief Justice Banerjee stated that the Third judge would hear the matter but did not list out the date.
Madras HC Bench comprising Chief Justice Banerjee and Justice M Sundar had on January 23 reserved its order on the petitions by 18 MLAs challenging their disqualification by the assembly speaker under the anti-defection law.
According to the Judgment, there won’t be any fresh by-polls until the Third HC Judge delivers his/her verdict.
Opposition DMK has been claiming that with disqualification of the MLAs, Palaniswami Government had been reduced to a minority.
Expressing his disappointment, TTV Dhinakaran stated that,“this verdict will give a few more months to this government (EPS-OPS). Because of this judgement, people of Tamil Nadu will support as they know the truth behind such verdict. CJI of Tamil Nadu has given a different verdict in a case pertaining Puducherry Assembly Speaker.”
Ruling AIADMK has a strength of 116 MLAs excluding the Speaker, but including S Karunaas (Mukkulathor Pulipadai), M Thamimun Ansari (Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi) and U Thaniyarasu (Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaignar Peravai), who had won on the ruling party’s two leaves symbol in 2016 polls.
While the 18 MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran were disqualified, DMK has 89 MLAs, its allies Congress 8 and the IUML one in the 234 member strong House.