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Coimbatore

No interim relief for Stalin, DMK MLAs: their suspension from house to continue

Covai Post Network

Locked outside the assembly, the DMK was hoping for legal remedy and interim relief from the Madras High Court and suspension of suspension order issued by TN Assembly speaker to 79 DMK MLAs including MK Stalin.

But the Madras High Court on Monday refused to give interim relief to Stalin on his petition challenging the speakers order as illegal and unconstitutional. However, the Madras High Court issued a notice to TN Assembly speaker and assembly Secretary and said the matter would be taken up in detail on September 1.

Stalin had sought suspension of suspension order issued by the speaker.

First Bench comprising Justice SK Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan refused to grant temporary relief as prayed by Stalin to stay the suspension of the resolution of August 17 issued by Assembly and all proceedings and actions taken pursuant thereto. Stalin also sought the court to direct the speaker to permit the suspended MLAs to attend the assembly session.

On August 17, speaker had, after the house passed a resolution moved by finance minister O Panneersevam, suspended 79 MLAs of the DMK for their alleged unruly behavior. Stalin claimed that the suspension of his party MLAs under Rule 121 of the TN Assembly rules without giving a chance for the MLAs to explain was illegal and unconstitutional.

The DMK has been fighting the issue politically, staging a sit in outside the assembly and holding a mock assembly and reaching its views to the people through television. But the DMK MLAs, suspended from the house, were not allowed entry into the premises as per speakers orders.

On Sunday, Chennai police filed cases against Stalin and other MLAs for unlawful assembly at the state secretariat building for holding the mock assembly.

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