HC upholds disqualification of 18 Dhinakaran loyalists
Chennai: In a huge relief to the AIADMK government, the Madras High Court Thursday upheld the June 14 order of the then Chief Justice Indira Banerjee disqualifying its 18 rebel MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran.
An adverse judgement could have triggered a political realignment in Tamil Nadu and brought the ruling party perilously close to losing the majority in the state assembly whose effective strength is 232. Two seats are vacant.
The 18 AIADMK MLAs were disqualified on September 18 last year under the anti-defection law after they met the
governor and expressed a loss of confidence in Chief Minister K Palaniswami.