SC goes to SC against Speaker, apex court to hear plea on Monday

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Monday the DMK’s plea against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal’s notice for disqualification of three AIADMK MLAs, who extended support to rival leader and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi agreed to hear the plea on May 6.

This decision came after the senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing on the behalf of DMK, pleaded for an early hearing in the matter.

Dhanapal on April 30 issued show cause notices to three AIADMK legislators — A. Prabhu (Kallakuruchi constituency), Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V.T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) — seeking explanations for their anti-party activities.

The DMK has also brought a no-confidence motion against Dhanapal. In its plea in the apex court, the DMK has said since the no-confidence motion has been brought, he should not take any action now. The Supreme Court has said it will take up the case for hearing Monday.

Sibal also told the apex court that speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P Dhanapal himself had faced no-confidence motion while issuing a notice to three AIADMK MLAs, namely Rathinasabapathy, MLA of Aranthangi constituency, VT Kalaiselvan from Virudhachalam constituency, and VT Prabhu from Kallakuruchi constituency.

Earlier, DMK president M K Stalin had claimed that the ruling AIADMK had sought to disqualify the three MLAs because the intelligence agencies had warned the government that retaining them in the party would have an unfavourable outcome in the bypoll to the 22 Assembly constituencies.