EPS vs OPS: Midnight drama in Tamil Nadu as appeal filed after Madras HC allows general council – Times of India

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CHENNAI: Putting to rest speculation and apprehensions, the Madras high court has allowed the conduct of the AIADMK’s general council meeting on Thursday, and refused to pass any interim orders in advance.
The litigation, however, didn’t end there, as an appeal has been filed and it is slated to be heard tonight. Hours after Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy rejected the suits to restrain the council from amending bylaws of the party, a mention was made at the residence of Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari, who permitted the appeal to be heard by a division bench headed by Justice M Duraisamy.
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Earlier in the evening, Justice Ramaswamy said: “It is for the general council and its members to decide and pass resolutions and this court cannot interfere with the process of conducting the meeting… This court cannot imagine what is going to take place during the general council meeting and issue interim orders/directions in advance.”
Justice Ramaswamy further said: “In fact, it is well settled that in matter of internal issues of an association/party, the courts normally do not interfere, leaving it open to the association/party and its members to pass resolutions and frame a particular bylaw, rule or regulation for better administration of the party. Since any decision comes forth among the members of the general council, it is well within their collective wisdom and this court cannot insist the members to act upon in a particular manner.”
He then made it clear that the meeting shall go on as planned on June 23. The issue pertains to a batch of suits moved by AIADMK general council member Shanmugam, primary member and advocate Ramkumar Adityan and others. They contended that they had no objection for the general council meeting to go on but wanted the court to restrain the general council from passing any resolution amending the bylaws of the party.
Opposing the same, joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami’s faction contended that the GC was supreme and even the coordinator or the joint coordinator could not give undertaking to that effect. The primary contention of the petitioners was that no agenda papers had been circulated to the members of the council ahead of the meeting scheduled for June 23.
Ramkumar Adityan contended that the current office-bearers of the party were continuously amending the bylaws of the party violating not only the rights of the primary members but also causing considerable damage to the democratic set up within the party.

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