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Madras High Court Extends Stay On Tamil Nadu Floor Test

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| October 4 , 2017 , 17:07 IST

Days after the Madras High Court imposed a stay on floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly after AIADMK disqualified 18 of its MLAs over rebellion and supporting TTV Dinakaran, the court has extended its stay further.

Adjourning the case for the next hearing, Justice Ravichandrababu extended the "consent order" of stay on floor test the court had passed in the earlier hearing.

After AIADMK disqualified 18 of its MLAs for rebelling against the party, the leaders approached the Madras High Court challenging the speaker's decision in the incidence.

The legal counsel of the 18 disqualified MLAs. senior Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi even said that the speaker's decision was "partisan", "biased manner" and "unconstitutional".

"There were no legal proceedings conducted by the Speaker and rules of natural justice were not applied to the MLAs. Even their disqualification was not conveyed to them before the media and official gazette published it. They were intimated by post after two days," he argued.

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He said that the decision was taken based on an "unnamed, unsigned and unverified" complaint given by the government whip.

Singhvi had said that the MLAs were not going against the party and were only petitioning the governor to remove the "corrupt" Chief Minister E Palaniswami, therefore they cannot be disqualified under the anti-defection law provision.

The counsel also pointed out that, while these MLAs have been disqualified, no action has been taken on the plea filed for the disqualification of Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 11 MLAs who voted against the government earlier this year.

Another senior counsel, Aryama Sundaram, who appeared for the Speaker, said the Speaker had filed a detailed counter affidavit strongly denying all the allegations made against him and that there was no denial of natural justice.

The court will hear further arguments on October 9.