Madras HC dismisses DMK plea for disqualifying O Panneerselvam, 10 AIADMK MLAs


Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition by DMK seeking disqualification of Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and 10 other AIADMK MLAs for having voted against the Palanisamy government in 2017.
A bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose dismissed the petition by DMK whip Sakkarapani.
The petitioner had contended that by voting against the trust motion these MLAs had violated the whip issued by the ruling party and hence attracted disqualification under the anti-defection law.
Panneerselvam and other MLAs, then in the rebel camp, had voted against the trust vote sought by Chief Minister K Palanisamy on February 18, 2017. Palaniswami eventually won the vote by a margin of 122-11.
Panneerselvam had opposed the petition saying the whip was issued only to the 122 MLAs who were staying in a resort then and not to his erstwhile group. He was made deputy chief minister after the group and the other faction led by Palanisamy merged in August.