HC orders status in AIADMK leadership issue

Wednesday 24th August 2022 07:20 EDT

In a setback to AIADMK interim General Secretary Edappady K Palaniswami (EPS), the Madras High Court ordered maintaining status-quo as was the case on June 23 in the matter relating to the conduct of the July 11 General Council meet. The general council, AIADMK's highest decision-making body, 'expelled' rival leader O Panneerselvam and some of his associates from the party amid his leadership tussle with Palaniswami, who was picked as the interim general secretary of the party by the GC members.  The order passed by Justice G Jayachandran, in effect held invalid the July 11 GC meeting. The judge held that the co-ordinator and the joint co-ordinator alone shall convene the GC meeting. He also suggested nomination of an observer to conduct the meeting. The court was passing orders on the civil suits from O Panneerselvam and GC member Vairamuthu. Later, the counsel appearing for Panneerselvam said the court has said the Coordinator and Joint Coordinator posts, held by OPS and Palaniswami, respectively earlier, "had not lapsed".

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