CHENNAI: Holding that there is no urgency in hearing the contempt plea moved by O Panneerselvam faction against Edappadi K Palaniswami faction for allegedly passing a resolution deliberately disobeying a court order, the Madras high court has agreed to hear the matter on July 4.
A general council member, M Shanmugam, has filed the contempt plea to punish Palaniswami and former ministers C V Shanmugam, D Jayakumar and Dindigul C Sreenivasan, besides K P Munsamy, and the newly elected presidium chairman A Tamil Magan Hussain for having deliberately disobeyed the order.
The contempt was committed in electing a permanent presidium chairman for AIADMK and fixing July 11 as next general council meeting date, the petitioner said.
When the case was brought up before a division bench of Justice M Duraiswamy and Justice Sundar Mohan, the judges refused an urgent hearing and stall the general council meeting announced by the Palaniswami faction on July 11.
Shanmugam also wanted the court to stay the appointment of Hussain as ‘permanent presidium chairman’ of the AIADMK.
Through the interim order dated June 23, the court had permitted the GC to only pass resolutions in connection with the 23 draft agendas already shared with Paneerselvam.
But in total defiance of the order, the general council has passed a resolution to elect a permanent presidium chairman which was not part of the 23 draft agendas approved by the court, Shanmugam said.
Seeking to punish Palaniswami, for having moved a resolution to appoint Tamil Magan Hussain as presidium chairman, and Jayakumar and Sreenivasan, for having seconded the resolution moved by him, the petitioner said they had deliberately disobeyed the high court order by inserting an item which did not appear on the list of 23 draft agendas.