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DMK drags TN Speaker to SC
Tamil Nadu

DMK drags TN Speaker to SC

S.Murari

The opposition DMK on Friday moved the Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker’s decision to disqualify three dissident AIADMK legislators who are supporters of breakaway leader and chief of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary T T V Dinakaran.

The apex court has agreed to take up for hearing the petition on Monday.The DMK’s main contention is that the Speaker cannot disqualify any MLA when a no-confidence motion against him has been given notice of by the party.

The Speaker issued a notice returnable in a week on April 29 against three AIADMK legislators—K Prabhu( Kallikurichi), Rathinasabapathi (Aranthangi) and V T Kalaiselvan ( Viruddhachalam).

The Speaker issued notice  after AIADMK whip Rajendran complained that the three had worked for the AMMK in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections and the simultaneous by-polls to 18 Assembly . Leader of the Opposition and DMK chief M K Stalin on April 30 sent a letter to the Assembly Secretary, giving notice of a no-confidence motion against the Speaker .

Appearing for the DMK ,which has challenged the show-cause notice served on  rebel legislators,  senior counsel and Congress leader Kapil Sibal wondered how the Speaker could initiate disqualification proceedings when he himself was facing a no-confidence motion.