Madras high court dismisses PIL challenging AIADMK inter-party election – Times of India

Chennai News

CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed as not maintainable a public interest litigation challenging an inter-party election conducted to elect the coordinator and the joint coordinator of the AIADMK.
The first bench of acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavalu held that the Election Commission of India (ECI) had no role in the inter-party election and hence no orders could be passed to the commission.
The issue pertains to a plea moved by J Jayachandran, a member of the party, alleging that the election was conducted in an arbitrary manner and no one else except Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam were permitted to file nominations to contest in the election.
As an interim relief, the petitioner wanted the court to restrain the party from announcing the results of the election pending disposal of the plea.
The petitioner further wanted the court to direct the Election Commission of India not to accord sanction to the newly created posts of coordinator and joint coordinator of the party.