Madras HC slams Tamil Nadu CEC over delay in bypolls in 18 cosntituencies following disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs

  • A bench of Justices KK Sasidharan and PD Audikesavalu here issued the notice based on public interest litigation filed by Damodaran

  • According to the PIL, about 27 lakh voters in the 18 constituencies were without representatives and unable to air their grievances to their MLAs

  • 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified on 18 September, 2018, after they met the governor and expressed the loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami

Madurai: The Madras High Court Tuesday issued a notice to Tamil Nadu's chief election commissioner and chief electoral officer asking why elections for 18 constituencies, whose representatives were disqualified by the state assembly speaker, had not been held.

 Madras HC slams Tamil Nadu CEC over delay in bypolls in 18 cosntituencies following disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs

File photo of Madras High Court. PTI

A bench of Justices KK Sasidharan and PD Audikesavalu here issued the notice based on public interest litigation filed by Damodaran stating that about 27 lakh voters in the 18 constituencies were without representatives and unable to air their grievances to their MLAs.

The 18 AIADMK MLAs had been disqualified on 18 September, 2018, by Speaker P Dhanapal under the anti-defection law after they met the governor and expressed the loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

The disqualification of the MLAs was upheld by the Madras High Court in October last.

Justice Sathyanarayanan had said the petitioners had failed to substantiate the allegation of malafide against the speaker.

The judge had also vacated the interim orders passed by the court granting a stay on floor test and a direction to the Election Commission not to declare the seats of disqualified lawmakers vacant.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 23:53:35 IST