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Sasikala Cannot Seek Info on Party Funds: Palaniswami Tells Madras HC

The suit, filed by Sasikala and Dinakaran, sought to restrain Palaniswami and Panneerselvam from holding organisational posts of the party.

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Updated:November 29, 2017, 9:27 PM IST
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Sasikala Cannot Seek Info on Party Funds: Palaniswami Tells Madras HC
File image of VK Sasikala. (Image: PTI)
Chennai: The faction led by T T V Dinakaran and V K Sasikala has no stake in the AIADMK and the two leaders do not have any locus standi to seek documents related to party funds, the Madras High Court was informed on Wednesday.

Senior counsel for Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, C S Vaidyanathan, told Justice C V Karthikeyan when arguments on a civil suit resumed on Wednesday that documents cannot be sought by the duo.

The suit, filed by Sasikala and Dinakaran, sought to restrain Palaniswami and Panneerselvam from holding organisational posts of the party.

It also sought quashing of resolutions passed at the AIADMK General Council meet held on September 12 here.

At the General Council meet, Sasikala and Dinakaran were expelled from their respective posts of general secretary and deputy general secretary.

The meeting also resolved that there would be no post of general secretary, hitherto held by late J Jayalalithaa.

The executive powers of the party was vested with the coordinator and co-coordinator respectively, who are Panneerselvam and Palaniswami.

Counsel for Sasikala and Dinakaran, Abishek Manu Singhvi, contended that the other side had not complied with the court's earlier direction to submit the party accounts.

Vaidyanathan replied that the details had already been submitted in a sealed cover. Singhvi pointed out that it has to be served to the plaintiffs (Dinakaran and Sasikala), so that they can file a counter.

Justice Karthikeyan said that the details were given in a sealed cover and the same was handed over to the Registry for safe keep. He also opined that as per law, the plaintiff has to be served a copy.

To this, Vaidyanathan said the plaintiffs were not a legal entity and hence, they had no role to play in the party after the Election Commission's ruling on the party symbol.

"They have no stake in the party and do not have any locus standi to seek the document," Vaidyanathan added.

The Election Commission had recently allotted the two leaves symbol to the Palaniswami-Panneerselvam led AIADMK as they enjoyed majority in the organisational and legislature wings.

The court adjourned the matter till December 21, when both parties should file their affidavit and counter-
affidavit.

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