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AIADMK MLAs Case Verdict: Disqualification of 18 rebel MLAs was upheld by Madras High Court

Chennai, 26 October, (Asiantribune.com):

The Madras High Court upheld the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs on Thursday, who had last year revolted against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

The judgment came as a major relief for of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami-led government in Tamil Nadu. Otherwise, the ruling AIADMK government, which could have faced an existential crisis had the ruling been in favor of the disqualified MLAs.

The verdict was given by Justice M Sathyanarayanan who was named by the Supreme Court as the third judge after the split verdict of an earlier bench consisting of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar.

Meanwhile, earlier, 17 of the 18 disqualified MLAs-led by TTV Dhinakaran were holed up in a resort in Tirunelveli district.
The decision to shift the MLAs to a resort came after Dinakaran met Sasikala at a Bengaluru prison amid reports that EPS-led AIADMK will try to poach the MLAs back.

The 18 seats will now become vacant and require by-elections.

Reacting to the judgment, a visibly disappointed Dhinakaran told reporters he will consider the next course of action after holding discussions with the MLAs. He has two options: appeal against the order in the Supreme Court or face the by-elections for the 18 seats.

Earlier, Chief Justice Indrani Banerjee in the split verdict upheld the disqualification under the anti-defection law. The MLAs were disqualified on 18 September 2017.

Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh appointed Justice S Vimala as the third judge in the case. However, aggrieved over the choice of judge, MLAs belonging to The TTV Dhinakaran’s camp approached the Supreme Court seeking the case be transferred to the apex court. After hearing their petition, on June 27th, the SC refused a transfer of the case but asked Justice Sathyanarayanan of the MHC to hear the case.

After 12 days of day to day hearing, Justice M Sathyanarayanan reserved the orders on August 31st.

- Asian Tribune -

High Courts Upholds Disqualifications Of 18 MLAs
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