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Madras High Court Refuses To Stall AIADMK General Council Meeting, Rejects Plea By Ex-CM Paneerselvam

Upasana Sajeev
11 July 2022 4:24 AM GMT
Madras High Court Refuses To Stall AIADMK General Council Meeting, Rejects Plea By Ex-CM Paneerselvam
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The Madras High Court on Monday refused to interfere with the general council meeting of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The order of Justice Krishnan Ramasamy came at 9 in the morning, with the meeting scheduled to be held today. The plea to stall the meeting was filed by former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, who argued that proper notice was not issued for conducting...

The Madras High Court on Monday refused to interfere with the general council meeting of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). The order of Justice Krishnan Ramasamy came at 9 in the morning, with the meeting scheduled to be held today.

The plea to stall the meeting was filed by former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam, who argued that proper notice was not issued for conducting the meeting, as mandated by the bye laws of the party. As per bye laws, the notice for the meeting could be issued by the Coordinator or the Joint Coordinator, but in the present case, the notice was issued by the headquarters office bearers, he argued.

Opposing the same, Edappadi Palaniswamy (AIADMK Joint Coordinator) argued that what was issued was not a notice of the meeting, but an invitation to attend the meeting. He also questioned the suit filed by Paneerselvam against AIADMK when he himself was the Coordinator of the party. Thus, it was argued that Paneerselvam has filed a civil suit against himself which is not maintainable. He also pointed to the Supreme Court order permitting the conduct of the meeting and argued that the High Court should not interfere with the order of the Supreme Court

The court, while allowing the conduct of the meeting according to law, held that if anyone was aggrieved that the meeting was not conducted in accordance with law, they could move with a Civil Suit to that effect.

 In the event of any violation and the non-compliance of the Bye-Laws which could be very well ratified by the General Council, the aggrieved person can explore his grievance before the General Council and seek for ratification or not to approve such breach of non-compliance or violation and in such course, if the aggrieved person is prevented from addressing his grievance before the General Council affecting his rights, he can very well approach the civil Court for protection of his right which is not the case before this Court. 

The court noted that out of the 2665 members of the General Assembly, more than 2100 members have expressed desire to conduct the meeting. "In a democratic set up, the will of the majority will prevail", the court remarked.

The court also reprimanded the manner in which the petitioner was repeatedly approaching the court instead of participating in the meeting and putting forward his ideas. The court noted:

It is very unfortunate that a leader, in the capacity of the Co-ordinator, has time and again rushed to this Court, seeking interference, instead of approaching the General Council and participating in the General Council meeting and convince one and all the members by introducing his ideas and plans towards the welfare of the Party members and development of the party so as to gain the confidence of the members to act in his favour. What the applicant could not achieve, wants to achieve through the Court of law and the Courts will certainly refrain to interfere with the private affairs of the party, that too at the instance of just one or two members contrary to the interests of thousands of other members of the party.

Senior Advocate Guru Krishnakumar appeared for Paneerselvam while Palaniswamy was represented by Senior Advocate Vijay Narayan and SR Rajagopal

Case Title: O. Paneerselvam v. AIADMK and others

Case No: OA 368 of 2022

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Mad) 294


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