MLAs disqualification case Third judge starts hearing

MLAs disqualification case: Third judge starts hearing

The Supreme Court appointed third Judge Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madras High court today
commenced hearing of the batch of petitions filed by 18 AIADMK rebel MLAs, challenging their disqualification by Speaker P Dhanapal.

The apex court had appointed Sathyanarayanan replacing Justice Vimala who was originally appointed by the High Court as the third judge following a split verdict in the case.

When the cases were taken up for hearing on July 4, the third Judge, nominated by the Apex Court after a split verdict delivered by the First Bench on June 14, said he would hear the final arguments in the case from today till July 27.

While Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld Speaker P Dhanapal’s order disqualifying the 18 MLAs, Justice M Sundar set aside the order.

There will be no fresh elections in 18 constituencies and no floor test until the decision of the third judge. The court had ruled that the senior-most judge after the high court Chief Justice would now hand-pick a third judge, who will hear the matter afresh.

Satyanarayanan was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court on 23 April, 2008 and as permanent Judge on 9 November, 2009.

He has conducted cases cases relating to civil, criminal matters-trial and appellate sides-original jurisdiction cases in city civil court/high court and before the DRT and Central Administrative Tribunal. He was associated with KS Dinakaran, an eminent criminal side lawyer, and assisted him in several cases.