Thursday, 9 October 2014

PIL says Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam is a usurper of power; Madras HC dismisses it

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Thursday dismissed a quo warranto petition that described Tamil Nadu chief minister of O Panneerselvam as a 'usurper' of power and questioned his appointment as the CM.

Refusing to entertain the petition filed by an advocate, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan said the petitioner-advocate had no locus standi to raise the issue and that a person who could have been affected by the development was not before the court.

In his petition, advocate Prabakaran questioned the manner in which Panneerselvam had been invited to form the government. The emergence of a vacancy following the disqualification of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa after her conviction in a disproportionate assets case had not been formally notified by the assembly secretariat and the Governor's office.

The Governor had not consulted anyone and the disqualification process had not been set in motion, the petitioner said. Panneerselvam had been invited to form the government and sworn in as chief minister in a hurried manner violating the due process of law, he added.

The petitioner wanted the court to issue a show-cause as to under what authority the present chief minister had been appointed to the post. He also wanted the immediate removal of Panneerselvam from the post.

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