Above: T V V Dinakaran
Rebel AIADMK leader T V V Dinakaran on Friday (October 6) received a setback from the Supreme Court when his counsel asked for more time to file documents before the Election Commission (EC) which is hearing rival claims to the party symbol. The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud refused to give the long time that they wanted, extending the limit from October 31 to November 10 instead.
His counsel had contended that time was required to cross-examine some of the people who were earlier with Dinakaran but later went back on their commitments. The counsel pleaded: “They filed affidavit of 10,000 pages in 124 volumes. At least the court has to give us time to file the reply.”
On Friday senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said: “The order was passed on September 15. They are late because of dispute within their party. The party symbol was frozen six months ago. A PIL has been filed at the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court relating to this. At that time they didn’t respond. There are a total of one lakh affidavits filed. And they said we will examine everyone.
“The EC have authority under Representation of People Act to decide the right of one person or party to other person or party. The EC should sent the letter to us.”
—India Legal Bureau