Court stays TN CM-led General Council, Executive meet

Faith Castro
September 12, 2017

A single bench judge C.V. Karthikeyan, while dismissing the petition earlier in the day, also imposed an exemplary cost of Rs 1 lakh on Vetrivel for "wasting the court's time" by filing the original application in the civil suit.

High drama reigned at the Madras High Court last evening as it witnessed the admission, dismissal on exemplary costs, appeal and the verdict of a politically-fueled case brought against a general council meeting called jointly by the two primary AIADMK camps, meant to be held today.

Once the council accords the power and the meeting concludes, the leaders will initiate moves to cut Sasikala's nephew and ousted deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran to size, starting with his loyalists, including the MLAs, who are likely to lose party posts first.

The resolutions will be submitted to the Election Commission on September 14. Even as Vetrivel appealed to the two judge bench of Madras HC, it was rejected on Monday night.

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In his plaint, Vetrivel, who supports now sidelined member TTV Dinakaran, sought to stay the meeting on the ground that the organisers could not call the said meeting under the banner of AIADMK.

The resolution, once passed, would automatically make the appointment of jailed General Secretary VK Sasikala void ab initio and also her subsequent decisions about party matters, he said.

Speaking on the agenda of the 12 September meeting, AIADMK sources told PTI that steps would be taken to consider removing Sasikala as the chief of the party at the meeting of the general council, the apex body of the AIADMK. With the leave of the Chief Justice to file the matter before the appropriate bench, the matter was brought up again before a Division Bench of Justices Abdul Quddhose and Rajiv Shakhder. Stating that it was condemnable to have included Mr. Dhinakaran as one of the defendants, the judge said: "This, in simple terms, is collusion and then the entire character of the suit becomes vexatious". The Bench said the meeting can "go on" and there is "no stay" while upholding the single judge's order.

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