Madras High Court dismisses plea to ban AIADMK’s election symbol, fines litigant Rs 25,000

The Madras High Court on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on a PIL that sought a direction to the Election Commission of India to freeze the AIADMK’s “two leaves” symbol.

The petition has been filed purely for publicity, said the first bench of Chief Justice MN Bhandari and Justice N Mala while dismissing the PIL by city resident PA Joseph, who claimed himself as the founding president of the JJ Party. was.

The petition had prayed for a direction to the Election Commission to consider his representation dated June 28 so that necessary action can be taken against rival groups of AIADMK and Edappadi K Palaniswami and O. panneerselvam It is resolved to protect public order and peace in the State.

In his petition, Joseph made certain allegations against Palaniswami regarding the leadership of the party, where a prominent group backing the former chief minister is pushing him to take a single leadership.

The petitioner had approached the court without waiting for a week from the Election Commission. The petition was filed purely for cheap publicity, the bench said and limited it.