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Madras High Court dismisses plea, AIADMK General Council meeting set for Tuesday

A resolution was expected to be passed to declare all those decisions ‘null and void’.

india Updated: Sep 11, 2017 23:28 IST
KV Lakshmana, Hindustan Times, Chennai
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VK Sasikala’s nephew and AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran.(PTI)

With the Madras high court dismissing a petition on stalling the AIADMK general council meeting on Tuesday, the ruling party is set to hold the meet to invalidate decisions taken in “contravention” of party bye-laws, a party leader said on Monday. A resolution was expected to be passed to declare all those decisions “null and void”, the leader said on condition of anonymity.

The resolution, once passed, would automatically make the appointment of jailed general secretary VK Sasikala void ab initio and also her subsequent decisions about party matters, he said.

On Monday, the Madras high court not only dismissed a petition of lawmaker P Vetrivel to stall the proposed meeting but also imposed a fine of ₹100,000 on the loyalist of party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran.

A two-member bench of the Madras high court cleared legal hurdles in holding the meeting but said all the decisions taken would be subject to scrutiny at the next hearing, fixed for October 23.

Vetrivel had challenged the one judge ruling that rejected his plea for barring the meeting in the two-member bench. Vetrivel contended that the council meeting convened by the ruling faction was “illegal” since only the party general secretary has the power to call such a meeting.

The decision to call a meeting was taken on August 28 at an AIADMK meeting. It was also decided to retrieve the party’s mouthpiece Namadhu MGR and television channel Jaya TV

First Published: Sep 11, 2017 15:23 IST