The Madras High Court’s Madurai bench on Thursday served notices to Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and four ministers of the party following a PIL filed by an AIADMK worker. The petitioner T Anazhagan, son of former AIADMK MLA, late Tamaraikani, had alleged that the state government is run on the advice of VK Sasikala, who is a convict. Anazhagan had alleged that on February 28, four ministers Sellur K Raju, Kamaraj, KA Sengottaiyan and Dindigul Srinivasan met Sasikala in prison to discussed the functioning of the government. “This open admission confirmed Gowri Shankar’s statement that the government was being run as per the advice of Sasikala. The action of the ministers and their statement that they were being guided by Sasikala,who is a convict,is against Article 188 of the Constitution (oath or affirmation by members) and violation of the oath of secrecy,” PTI had quoted him saying earlier.
PTI also stated that the chief minister had not given any view against the statement of the ministers, nor had he denied it. Later the petitioner sought the intervention of court and an order disqualifying the chief minister and his four cabinet ministers. He also sent a direction to the speaker and assembly secretary to do the same.
Sasikala who has been convicted in a disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court is serving a jail term in Bengaluru. Gowri Shankar, who is the party’s spokesperson, had on February 22 in an interview to a private TV channel said that the government would be run “on the advice and guidance of AIADMK general secretary Sasikala,” alleged the petitioner highlighting that no minister had denied his statement.
Even the sidelined AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran, who had announcing his return to active party work on August 1, met Sasikala in Bengaluru jail. When asked about the purpose of his meet, he said, he inquired about Sasikala’s health and discussed about party affairs with her.