Verdict in 18 MLAs disqualification case to be delivered tomorrow

Verdict in 18 MLAs disqualification case to be delivered tomorrow?

All eyes on the Madras high court, with reports stating that the much awaited judgement in the 18 MLAs disqualification case will be delivered on Thursday.

Justice M Sathyanarayanan, the third judge hearing the matter in view of split verdict delivered by a Division Bench, is likely to spell out the verdict tomorrow, reports said.

On June 14, a two-member bench of the Madras High Court had delivered a split verdict on the disqualification case.

Following this, Justice S Vimala was scheduled to hear the matter afresh as the third judge. However, the petitioners made comments against Justice Vimala and expressed lack of confidence on her.

Hearing the petition, the apex court appointed Justice M Satyanarayana to hear the matter as the third case. It has also asked the petitioners to withdraw the comments made by them against Justice Vimala.

Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal had on September 18 last year disqualified the 18 MLAs owing allegiance to side-lined party leader T T V Dhinakaran on the grounds that they had tried to pull down the AIADMK government in the state.

If the judgement is given in favour of the 18 disqualified legislators supporting AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, the Palaniswami-led government will have to prove its majority in the House.

Or if the Court backs the Speaker’s order to disqualify them, the 18 constituencies will go for by-election and winning the seats will be crucial for the ruling party to retain power.