The Tamil Nadu government informed the Supreme Court on Friday that the Assembly Speaker has initiated action on the DMK’s petition alleging he did not act on a plea which sought disqualification of 11 AIADMK lawmakers who voted against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during a 2017 confidence vote.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, took note of the submission by the State Advocate General that Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal has issued notice in the disqualification proceedings and disposed of the petition filed by the DMK.
The plea had sought disqualification of Panneerselvam and 10 others for having voted against the Palaniswami government when they were in the rebel camp. It had contended that by voting against the trust motion, these MLAs violated the whip issued by the ruling party and hence attracted disqualification under the anti-defection law.
The apex court had earlier sought the TN government’s response on a petition by DMK leaders while terming as “unnecessary” the alleged inaction for almost three years of the State Assembly Speaker. Earlier, the DMK’s plea seeking disqualification of the MLAs was dismissed by the Madras High Court in April 2018.