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AIADMK disqualification plea: Case will be heard by new judge of Madras HC says Supreme Court

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    The Supreme Court has refused to transfer the case of disqualification against the T T V Dhinakaran. A petition was filed seeking to transfer the case from the Madras High Court to the Supreme Court.

    TTV Dinakaran

    The court however assigned the case to a new judge, Justice M Satyanarayana. The case was earlier being heard by Justice Vimala.

    SC refuses to transfer the case of disqualification of TTV Dhinakaran faction MLAs to SC from Madras HC and assigns hearing of the case to new judge Justice M Satyanarayana of Madras HC. Earlier Justice Vimala was assigned to hear case.

    The Madras High Court on June 18 appointed Justice S Vimala to hear the pleas against the disqualification of the rebel MLAs after two judges gave a split verdict on June 14. Chief Justice Indira Banerjee had upheld the disqualification, while Justice M Sundar disagreed.

    In September 2017, Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal disqualified 18 MLAs of the AIADMK after they supported ousted party leader TTV Dinakaran. Their disqualification brought the Assembly's effective strength down to 215 and the half-way mark to 108. If the MLAs are reinstated, the AIADMK government headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami could collapse.

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