The SC ordered an interim stay into Speaker P. Dhanapal’s petition seeking interim stay into disqualification of three AIADMK MLAs. The speaker had served show-cause notices to E Rathinasabapathy, VT Kalaiselvan and VT Prabhu for extending support to AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran. The letters were served with recommendation from AIADMK Whip S. Rajendran. The leaders had approached the court regarding the issue and stated that the speaker was being ‘partisan’ in his actions.
“Just when the election result of the by-poll to 22 seats are due to be announced on May 23 May, the action taken by Speaker to initiate disqualification proceedings against the petitioners, smacks of biased and partisan attitude,” the MLAs stated.
The bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta put an interim stay to the action against MLAs ordered by the CJI.
“It has been held by this court that it would be constitutionally impermissible for the Speaker to adjudicate a dispute of disqualification petition under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution while a notice of resolution for his own removal from the office of speaker is pending,” the statement had said.
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