A division of the Madras High Court allowed the two erstwhile factions of the AIADMK to hold the general council on Tuesday. It, however, said the council’s decisions would be subject to its final order.
Passing an interim order on an appeal by T T V Dinakaran loyalist and legislator P Vetrivel, the court rejected his plea to stay the general council meeting, holding that it could not as the dispute between the factions was pending before the Election Commission and posted the matter for final order on Oct 23.
The bench’s interim order came at the end of a prolonged legal battle in the high court.
A single judge of the high court earlier in the day not only dismissed his petition, but also imposed cost of Rs 1 lakh. He promptly went in appeal before the division bench which allowed the meeting to go on, subject to final order.
Vettrivel had contended that the meeting called by the erstwhile factions headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palinisami and his Deputy O Pannerselvam, were unauthorised as V K Sasikala, general secretary of the AIADMK Amma, alone was empowered to call such a meeting.
Office-bearers of the erstwhile factions, E Madhusudhanan and O Pannerselvam, argued that the meeting had been not in the name of the AIAMDK, as the right to use that name was in dispute before the Election Commission, but in the name of the AIADMK Amma and AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.
After hearing both sides, the bench posted the matter for final order on Oct 23 by when the Election Commission is expected to decide on the issue.
Even as Vettrivel fought the battle in the Madras High Court, another Dinakaran loyalist and Karnataka AIADMK unit functionary K Pugezhindhi got an interim stay from the Bengaluru City Civil Court. The civil judge also adjourned the hearing to October.
However, its order will not be binding as the high court’s decision will prevail.