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Madras HC resumes hearing of disqualified MLAs' pleas

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today resumed its hearing of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 pro-MLAs by the Assembly

reiterated the ruling chief whip's stand that the MLAs had failed to resolve the internal party issues by approaching appropriate intra- party platforms.

Instead, they the state with an intention to topple the government, warranting their disqualification, he submitted.

Senior C S Vaidyanathan, representing Chief Minister K Palaniswami, contended that the has powers to disqualify elected legislators under the anti-defection

The does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal against such actions of the speaker, he submitted.

Ridiculing the legislators' claim that they the only to vent their grievances against the chief minister, wondered, "How can the of the state interfere in internal party issues?"

On the allegation of inaction by the against Deputy O Panneerselvam and 10 other MLAs for voting against the confidence motion moved by Palaniswami on February 18 last year, the said during that time, there was no order issued by the

"This apart, interim orders passed by election commission were in operation," he submitted.

Moreover, Panneerselvam and his group voted against the motion only to express their opposition against V K Sasikala, who was convicted by the Supreme in the disproportionate assets case, the said.

Later, the chief minister's group also agreed to the stand taken by Panneerselvam, and hence they are united now, he added.

Recording the submissions, the first bench of Chief Justice and Justice M Sundar posted the pleas to January 10, for further hearing.

Sidelined leader T T V had recently won the December 21 R K Nagar bypoll defeating the ruling party's candidate by a margin of over 40,000 votes.

He contested as an independent.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:20 IST