The Supreme Court has appointed Madras High Court judge, Justice M Sathyanarayanan, as the third judge to decide plea by 18 AIADMK MLAs against their disqualification.
A vacation bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and S K Kaul passed the order on a plea by some of these disqualified MLAs who were seeking transfer of their petition challenging their disqualification by the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker from the Madras High Court to the apex court.
On June 14, the Madras High Court gave a split verdict on petitions challenging the disqualification of the 18 MLAs loyal to sidelined party leader T.T.V Dhinakaran, a ruling that maintained the status quo in the corridors of power in Tamil Nadu.
“We consider it appropriate to assign the case on difference of opinion to Justice M Sathyanarayanan. He will hear the matter and decide it,” the apex court said.
The high court had delivered divergent verdicts on whether the 18 MLAs deserved to be disqualified under the anti-defection law by the speaker for approaching the Governor and seeking the removal of Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
On June 18, Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh, the senior-most judge of the Madras High Court, asked Justice S. Vimala to be the third judge to hear the 18 MLAs’ disqualification case.