DMK’s plea on sting adjourned to Friday
The Madras High Court on Monday adjourned the impleading petition moved by DMK leader MK Stalin seeking a probe by both CBI and DRI on a sting expose that AIADMK MLAs were bribed ahead of the trust vote, after the counsel appearing for Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy sought time to file the counter.
A division bench comprising Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice M Sundar, before whom the petition came up, posted the case to June 23 after recording the submission made by CM’s counsel R Krishnamoorthy seeking time.
The bench said, “Objecting the petition filed by Stalin seeking to implead the CBI and DRI into the pay offs to the ruling AIADMK party legislators and its allies, senior counsel R Krishnamoorthy appeared on behalf of the Chief Minister and sought time for filing counter to the impleading petition.”
The main writ petition, filed by Stalin challenging the validity of confidence motion by the Chief Minister, is pending adjudication by the High Court. Now, following the sting expose, Stalin, said, “This new revelation constitutes prima facie material evidence which has a significant bearing on the outcome of the main writ petition, filed by me and posted for further hearing to July 11, 2017.” He also noted that the video recordings of the sting operation reveal that the vote of confidence was vitiated by inducements.