NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on November 13 a plea by a AIADMK leader seeking transfer to the apex court the petitions pending before the Madras High Court seeking disqualification of 11 MLAs of Tamil Nadu.
The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi who said that the pleas in the high court should be transferred and heard by the top court itself.
Rohatgi said a similar matter was already pending before the top court which was referred to a larger bench for adjudication.
Earlier, DMK had approached the Madras High Court seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker to disqualify 11 AIADMK MLAs, including Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, under the anti-defection law for allegedly voting against Chief Minister K Palaniswami's trust vote in February.
In its plea before the high court, the DMK had alleged that the Speaker was not taking action against these 11 MLAs under the anti-defection law.
On February 18, jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala's loyalist E K Palaniswami had won an easy trust vote 122-11, helped by the eviction of main opposition DMK and a walkout by its allies, amid stormy scenes during which mikes were uprooted, chairs toppled and sheets of papers torn and hurled around.