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Madras HC dismiss PIL to freeze AIADMK symbol , fine petitioner with Rs 25000

- July 8, 2022

Chennai , July 7(BPNS)

The Madras High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) to freeze the AIADMK symbol and fined the petitioner with Rs 25000. The court dismissed the PIL on Thursday.

The first bench of the Madras High court comprising of Chief Justice MN Bhandari and Justice N Mala while dismissing the petition filed by one PA Joseph said that the PIL was filed purely for publicity.

The petitioner had claimed that he was the founder president of J J Party. The petitioner prayed before the court to give a direction to the Election commission of India to consider his application dated June 28 to freeze the ‘Two leaves’ symbol of AIADMK temporarily. He prayed that this should be effected until the fight between the rival factions of AIADMK led by O.Panneerselvam and Edappadi KPalaniswami is over.

The division bench dismissed the petition stating that it was for pure publicity and that the petitioner did not even wait for a week to get a response from the Election Commission of India.

The petitioner had also made some allegations against Edappadi K Palaniswami in the petition and alleged that a dominant group owing allegiance to him was pressurising him (Palaniswami) to take over the leadership of the party.