DMK to move SC against HC closing petition against Jaya

“Party will move the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court closing a plea against Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a case relating to her allegedly furnishing false information while filing nomination for the 2001 assembly polls,” said by the DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice R Mala, had held that the petition filed by former DMK MP C Kuppusamy, who died last week, stands ‘abated’. It had also dismissed a petition by DMK MP AKS Vijayan seeking to substitute himself as petitioner and continue the proceedings.

In a party statement here, Karunanidhi said there was precedence that a litigation cannot be dismissed in the wake of the petitioner’s death and based on this, steps will be taken to file an appeal in the Supreme Court by Vijayan.

Karunanidhi recalled that Kuppusamy and Vijayan besides some others had appealed to the Election Commission of India in 2001 against Jayalalithaa, contending that providing false information was punishable offence.

Kuppusamy, Parliamentary party Leader in 2002, had filed a petition against Jayalalithaa and since a senior member of the party had filed the case, Vijayan did not file any separate litigation, according to Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi said Jayalalithaa filed nominations from four constituencies in 2001 and had given a declaration that she had not been or would be nominated as a candidate for more than two constituencies.

In November last, the Supreme Court had set aside a 2007 direction of the Madras High Court asking authorities to initiate action against Jayalalithaa and referred the matter back to the High Court for fresh disposal.

Karunanidhi reaches Tihar Jail to meet Kanimozhi

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi reached Tihar Jail Monday evening to meet his daughter and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, who is lodged there in connection with the 2G spectrum case.

The DMK chief, who is in the national capital on a ‘personal visit’, reached the jail premises at around 5.40 pm.

He was escorted by DMK parliamentary party chief T.R. Baalu and Kanimozhi’s husband G. Aravinthan

Rajathi Ammal – Kanimozhi’s mother and the third wife of Karunanidhi – also accompanied the leader to the prison.

The DMK chief, who came in a black Mercedes, was accompanied by seven security cars.

While a posse of media persons were waiting at gate number three of the high-security jail for more then two hours, Karunanidhi hoodwinked them by entering the jail through the administrative block, which houses top jail officials, including Director General (Prisons) Neeraj Kumar.

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was unlikely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi as he was on a ‘personal visit’, DMK sources said. The DMK is a member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.

He is also likely to meet DMK MP and former communication minister A. Raja as well as Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, who too are in jail, the DMK sources added.

Kanimozhi, who was sent to jail by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court Friday after her bail petition was denied, filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court Monday. It will come up for hearing Tuesday.

‘The arrest (of Kanimozhi) is a vendetta against DMK and my family,’ Karunanidhi had said in an open letter to party cadres in the DMK official journal Friday.

In an apparent expression of the DMK’s disappointment over the arrest of Kanimozhi, none of the six union ministers of the party attended the second anniversary function of the UPA-II government here Sunday. The DMK was represented only by former minister T.R. Baalu.