Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Vetrivel fined Rs 1 lakh for trying to stall General Council meet

Vetrivel fined Rs 1 lakh for trying to stall General Council meet

Justice C V Karthikeyan in his order earlier in the day had dismissed a plea by P Vetrivel, MLA, a loyalist of sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran, seeking a stay on the meeting, and imposed a cost of Rs one lakh on him for "wasting" the time of the court.

High drama reigned at the Madras High Court last evening as it witnessed the admission, dismissal on exemplary costs, appeal and the verdict of a politically-fueled case brought against a general council meeting called jointly by the two primary AIADMK camps, meant to be held today. If the manoeuvres play out as scripted by Palaniswami and his rival-turned-comrade O Panneerselvam, it would mark the end the reign of the general secretary, replacing it with a committee regime, at least till the internal strife settles down.

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The party is expected to pass around 14 resolutions in its general council meet including the removal of Sasikala as the interim General Secretary.

The resolutions will be submitted to the Election Commission on September 14.

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Convened by Palaniswamy and attended by senior party functionaries and ministers, the 28 August meeting also discussed Dhinakaran's recent shuffling of the party ranks, sources said. This time, however, it comes with the sanction of the General Council - the same body that had met nine months ago to elevate Sasikala to the post after the death of late general secretary J Jayalalithaa. Stating that it was condemnable to have included Mr. Dhinakaran as one of the defendants, the judge said: "This, in simple terms, is collusion and then the entire character of the suit becomes vexatious". After Justice Karthikeyan refused to stay the meet, Vetrivel filed an appeal before a two-member bench comprising justices Rajiv Shakdher and Abdul Quddhose.

The judges sat beyond court hours to hear arguments rendered by representing counsel, before upholding the order of the single judge declining staying the meeting scheduled for today. The court made it clear that any decision taken at the impugned meeting will be subject to the final outcome in the appeal and posted the matter to October 23.

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