DMK moved the Madras High Court challenging the suspension of its legislators by the Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P Dhanapal on Friday. It also sought to quash Section 121 of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Rules.
DMK on Friday also conducted a mock session outside the Tamil Nadu Assembly to showcase how democracy was functioning in the state.
Locked out of the assembly, the DMK MLAs congregated under the leadership of party treasurer and DMK legislative party leader MK Stalin who sat through the “assembly proceedings” conducted by “Speaker” Durai Murugan.
In the sitting that lasted about an hour, “Speaker” Murugan decreed that his word was law and no other interpretation was permitted. If he asked someone to shut up, the person should sit down, he said pointing to an MLA.
On Friday morning, senior advocates Mohan Parasaran and N R Elango made a mention of the incident before the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan seeking urgent hearing of the case.
The bench, while acknowledging importance of the matter, asked the party to file an affidavit that could be taken up for hearing in usual course.
In the PIL, which DMK treasurer and leader of the opposition M K Stalin is to file on behalf of the party; said suspension of the opposition MLAs “under the guise of powers conferred under Rule 121” is unprecedented in the history of parliamentary democracy.