MLAs' disqualification: HC to begin hearing from tomorrow

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 22, 2018 02:22 PM IST

Chennai: The Madras High Court will hear arguments on petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined party leader T T V Dhinakaran from tomorrow and it would hear the matter continuously for five days.

Remember the Supreme Court named Justice Sathyanarayanan to hear the matter while refusing the plea of some of the disqualified MLAs seeking transfer of their petitions from the High Court to the apex court.

Justice Sathyanarayana will take up the case for final hearing from 23 to 27 July as the lead item on the list every day at 10.30 am.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar had on 14 June given a split verdict on the petitions challenging the 18 September order given last year by Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal, disqualifying the 18 ruling party MLAs under the anti-defection law.

The ruling had come as a relief to the K Palaniswami government as it maintained status quo in the corridors of power. Justice Banerjee had upheld the Speaker's order disqualifying the MLAs, while Justice Sundar disagreed with her and quashed it.

The court had then said the senior-most judge after its Chief Justice would hand-pick a third judge, who will hear the matter afresh.

Following this, Justice S Vimala of the High Court was appointed as the third judge to hear the matter.

However, the Supreme Court named Justice Sathyanarayanan to hear the matter while refusing the plea of some of the disqualified MLAs seeking transfer of their petitions from the high court to the apex court.

The petitioners had claimed apprehension of bias. A vacation bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul gave the order on 27 June.

The Speaker had disqualified the 18 MLAs on the ground that they had tried to pull down AIADMK government headed by Palaniswami.