Supreme Court stays the disqualification of AIADMK MLAs ahead of Lok Sabha polls

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The supreme court issued an interim stay on the notice sent by Tamil Nadu speaker to three AIADMK MLAs asking their disqualification for anti-party activities and for supporting TTV Dhinakaran and V K Sasikala. The Supreme court issued a notice to the Speaker and has sought an explanation. The case is expected to be heard after four weeks.

The notice issued by Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P Dhanapal was suspended by a bench of chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta.

Advocate Kapil Sibal represented the three MLAs E.Rathinasabapathi, V T Kalaiselvan, and Prabhu, who was elected from Aranthangi, Vridhachalam and Kallakurichi Assembly constituencies respectively who had received the notice from the Speaker. Advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P.Dhanapal.

Out of three, two MLAs had approached the supreme court on Friday challenging the show-cause notice served to them for allegedly indulging in “anti-party” activities and supporting the opposition.

The opposition party, DMK met the Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary on May 2nd to present a notice to move a no-confidence petition against the Assembly Speaker and a similar statement was made by DMK chief M K Stalin. 

The issue of MLAs disqualification has taken center-stage in Tamil Nadu politics after the Assembly Speaker disqualified 18 AIADMK legislators in September 2017 who supported the opposition TTV-Dinakaran(AMMK leader).

The Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker issued a notice on April 29 to three “dissident” AIADMK MLAs Rathinasabapathy,  Kalaiselvan, and V T Prabhu for supporting Dhinakaran, who along with V K Sasikala left the party after the death of J Jayalalithaa.

The MLAs later moved the petition in the High Court challenging the Assembly Speaker’s decision after which the supreme court restrained the Election Commission from declaring their seats vacant or the order of their suspension.

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