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OPS, AIADMK committed contempt of court, says DMK counsel

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The DMK today contended in the that Deputy O and ruling AIADMK had committed contempt of court by saying no was issued during the vote of confidence sought by Chief Minister K Palaniswami last year.

Contrary to their stand, an affidavit had been filed before the stating that a was issued, the DMK claimed during the resumed hearing of its petition seeking disqualification of Panneerselvam, then a rebel leader, and 10 other MLAs for voting against Palaniswami.

The submission was made before first bench comprising and Justice

Senior Amarendra Sharan, appearing for the DMK, said the erstwhile faction led by had filed an affidavit before the EC stating that a was issued by the ruling party to vote in favour of Palaniswami.

Producing a copy of the affidavit, filed during the pendency of the dispute between two factions of the party, he said "it is clearly submitted that a whip was issued to vote in favour of the chief minister's motion of confidence and that the 11 MLAs publicly opposed the candidature of Palaniswamy as chief minister".

The ruling party along with the deputy had "committed contempt of court by making contrary submission before this court", he claimed.

He contended that the affidavit proved that they had indeed voted against Palaniswamy's vote of confidence in the assembly on February 18, 2017 in clear defiance of the directions issued by the

Sharan said so far the for the had made submissions that the had never issued any direction in connection with the trust vote.

Countering the ruling party's argument that disqualification proceedings were not taken up against and others in view of the pending dispute before the EC, he said it would not bar the from initiating action against the MLAs.

He also charged that the was deliberately not recording his appearance in this case, though he had been represented in other connected petitions.

"When we allege mala fide against the Speaker, only he can deny the allegation, and not by any third party on his behalf," he submitted.

Sharan further said all the actions and decisions of the can be judicially reviewed.

To this, the court said they might review the actions of the speaker, but cannot don the role of a Speaker.

The arguments would continue tomorrow.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 21:50 IST