The Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy secured trust vote in the Assembly nine days ago, following a mayhem that lasted several hours.
Chennai: The Madras high court has directed Edappadi K. Palanisami, the 3rd Chief Minister sworn in the current AIADMK government, to submit complete video recordings of Assembly proceedings when Edappadi K. Palanisami moved the confidence vote in the House on February 18.
The Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisami secured trust vote in the Assembly 9 days ago, following a chaos that lasted quite a few hours. The first bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh and Justice R. Mahadevan, has also delivered notice to P Dhanapal, Speaker, both in his capacity as chief of the House and in his individual capacity and directed Assembly Secretary to provide the videography recorded in the House from the beginning of confidence motion, till the end.
The bench ordered notice when a batch of PILs comprising a petition filed by DMK working president and Opposition leader M.K. Stalin, president, Advocates Forum for Social Justice, advocate K. Balu and a social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, came up for hearing on Monday.
The additional public prosecutor P. Govindarajan tried to debate that the collectors in 13 districts of southern and central Tamil Nadu have made progress in eliminating the trees following the earlier order of this court, the judges refused to accept it.
In the meantime, MDMK leader Vaiko, one of the petitioners, also provided his inspection report before the court stating that the trees have been removed only in a few places in Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts.
Stating that only 10 percent of seemai karuvelam trees had been removed in the 13 southern districts, Justice Selvam detected that the collectors in some districts did not properly comply with the court order. It only shows their careless attitude, the judge stated.
The court also appointed advocate commissions for the remaining 19 districts in the state to thoroughly monitor the elimination work. The judges also asked the principal judges and the magistrates of munsif courts in taluks in the 19 districts to conduct inspections to measure the progress made in removal of the trees. The court also cherished the government authority and civil society members for conducting awareness campaign to eliminate the seemai karuvelam trees, and the media for sensitising the public on this issue