Madras High Court agrees to hear urgent plea of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs


The Madras High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs on an urgent basis against the state assembly speaker’s action to disqualify them under anti defection rule.

Representing the MLAs, Advocate PR Raman presented his client’s case before Justice M Duraiswami today. The judge agreed to hear their pleas starting Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu had plunged into a huge political turmoil on Monday after 18 AIADMK MLAs loyal to V Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran camp were disqualified by the state’s Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal under 1986 Tamil Nadu Assembly Members party defection law.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a day after 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran were disqualified under the anti-defection law.

During the 20-minute meeting, the governor is believed to have apprised the home minister about the current political developments in the southern state, PTI quoted officials as saying.

The disqualified MLAs had yesterday told the governor that they had no confidence in Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami, and accused him of being corrupt.

Rao, who is governor of Maharashtra, is holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu.