Jaya challenges Karunanidhi, Stalin; HC refuses to stay DMK MLAs' suspension

Jaya challenges Karunanidhi, Stalin; HC refuses to stay DMK MLAs’ suspension

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa today came down heavily on DMK president M Karunanidhi and DMK treasurer and leader of opposition M K Stalin.

Speaking after she moved the demands for grants for home department, she wanted to know why Karunanidhi, who has not been suspended, failed to turn up at the Assembly today.

She said the non-suspended DMK members boycotted the session since they were not ready to answer to questions about law and order situation in their regime. Meanwhile, heavy security was there in the Assembly complex today to prevent the entry of suspended DMK MLAs.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court today refused to grant an interim stay to Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanpal’s decision to suspend 79 members of the Opposition DMK for disrupting the proceedings and creating ruckus in the House on August 17.

When the petition filed by the DMK challenging the suspension came up for hearing, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice  S K Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan refused to grant an interim stay.

The city police on Sunday registered a case of unlawful assembly against M K Stalin, leader of the opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly M K Stalin, and 60 other DMK legislators for conducting a mock assembly outside the secretariat on Friday without permission.

A case had been filed in Fort Police station as DMK MLAs gathered inside the premises without permission. The case was filed against 40 MLAs on 18th and 60 MLAs on 19th.

These cases have been booked by Fort Police Station Inspector for staging a dharna outside the Assembly and holding a mock Assembly session at the Secretariat. According to police sources, two FIRs were registered on August 18 and 19.

Reacting to the development, Stalin said he had doubts if he could be arrested. “I had doubts if I could be arrested while coming to Chennai,” he said at a marriage function in Nagercoil. “However, the case has been filed under bailable sections,” he added.