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DMK's plea to probe alleged payoffs to be heard on Monday

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today deferred to Monday the hearing of a plea for probes by the and the DRI into the the alleged payoffs to some MLAs before the vote sought by the K Palaniswami in February.

A division bench comprising Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice M Sundar posted the matter for hearing to Monday when working president M K Stalin's counsel R Shanmugasundaram sought for issuing notice to the newly impleaded respondents, the joint director and the DRI additional director general.

While posting the matter for further hearing on Monday, the bench observed that the counsel of respondents and DRI should first come to know that such an impleading plea has been made.

Making a special mention in the court, Shanmugasundaram had on June 13 referred to the reports in a section of media about the alleged pay-offs of crores of rupees to some MLAs for their support to the vote.

He had stated they would like to file the miscellaneous petition seeking a CBI and DRI inquiry into the alleged pay-offs as such probs were very much needed.

Stalin's PIL challenging the vote is pending in the

Shanmugasundaram also told the that had already questioned the manner in which the MLAs were 'confined' in a resort and brought to the assembly for the trust vote.

TV footage had purportedly showed AIADMK's Madurai (South) MLA Saravanan making some claims of pay-offs to ruling party legislators ahead of the February 18 trust vote. The MLA, however, has said the voice in the footage was not his.

On February 18, Palaniswami had won the trust vote 122-11 in the 234-member Assembly aided by the eviction of main opposition DMK and walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn.

In his plea, Stalin has sought to declare the confidence vote null and void claiming that it was conducted in "contravention" of the Assembly rules.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 20:22 IST