Court stays TN CM-led General Council, Executive meet

Court stays TN CM-led General Council, Executive meet

Hearing the petition, a single judge not only dismissed a petition of Vetrivel but also imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 on the loyalist of party Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran.

The Madras High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by an MLA belonging to the faction of sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham leader TTV Dinakaran.

Last month, the factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam merged.

In his plea, Pugazhendi argued that only the partys general secretary V K Sasikala, who is presently lodged at the central prison here following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case, or the Deputy General Secretary (Dhinakaran) are authorised to convene the meeting.

The two factions - AIADMK (Amma) and AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaiva Amma) - had called a joint general council meeting for today.

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The interim reign of VK Sasikala as the general secretary of the ruling AIADMK is set to end in a few hours.

Convened by Palaniswamy and attended by senior party functionaries and ministers, the 28 August meeting also discussed Dhinakaran's recent shuffling of the party ranks, sources said.

According to the AIADMK leader, the meeting was called near here to abide by a party rule that mandates holding of the General Council meeting at least once a year. 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". A Division Bench comprising Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Abdul Quddhose in its order said, "We agree with the conclusion reached by the learned single judge".

The court made it clear that any decision taken at the meeting will be subject to the final outcome in the appeal.

The judge also noted that the plaintiff, by opting to sue in his individual capacity, had effectively circumvented the High Court's circular which necessitated that any suit filed by or against any MLA/MP should be brought to the attention of Chief Justice of this Court. The chief justice told the counsel to file the appeal and approach the appropriate bench for taking up the issue.

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