TAMIL NADU

HC slams DMK for filing case with contradictory averments

The Madras High Court on Wednesday slammed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), represented by its Legal Wing secretary R. Girirajan, for filing a case with contradictory averments and observed with discontentment that the party had attempted to convert the court into a political platform through its actions.

Justice M.S. Ramesh made the observations while dismissing a writ petition filed against an order passed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Salem denying permission for the party to hold a human chain protest against making medical college admissions on the basis of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test scores.

During the course of the hearing of the case, the court was told that the police had misused the order denying permission for the human chain protest to arrest the party’s working president M.K. Stalin, who was also the Leader of the Opposition, when he was proceeding to inspect desilting of Kacharayan lake on July 27.

Hence, the court had on July 27 stayed the operation of the Assistant Commissioner’s order after it was represented on behalf of the writ petitioner that the police had been adopting the strategy of passing such orders and then detaining the political leaders on the pretext of implementing those orders.

However, while taking up the case for final disposal recently, Mr. Justice Ramesh said: “Though the petitioner had claimed that Mr. Stalin and other local party office-bearers had intended to visit Edappadi constituency for inspecting the desilting activity at Kacharayan lake, there was a subsequent statement from Mr. Stalin in the media that he was detained by the respondent police when he had attempted to participate in the human chain protest.

Petitioner’s attitude

“This statement is strengthened by the attitude of the petitioner who had filed another writ petition wherein he had sought for a direction forbearing the respondent police from preventing or interfering with the visit of Mr. Stalin to inspect the desilting activities of various water bodies in the State of Tamil Nadu.

“In view of the fact that the statement has come from the Leader of the Opposition, the same cannot be ignored. It is in this background that this court, with discontentment, is constrained to observe that the petitioner has attempted to convert the High Court into a political platform by filing the present petition with contradictory averments.”