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Notice to Centre on petition seeking ban on AIADMK

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI OCT. 23. The Madras High Court has ordered notices to the Union Government on a public interest litigation petition seeking to ban the AIADMK and Jaya TV.

The First Bench comprising the Chief Justice, B. Subhashan Reddy, and Justice A. Kulasekaran ordered notice to the Union Government, the Election Commission and the City Police Commissioner. Clubbing the matter along with a similar petition seeking to ban the DMK and activities of Sun TV, filed last month, the Bench posted the case to next week for hearing.

In his petition, A. Alexander of Mayiladuthurai alleged that the AIADMK was practising violence as a method of oppressing opposition parties, and sought an interim injunction restraining its activities as well as telecast of programmes on its "mouthpiece", Jaya TV.

Blaming the AIADMK cadres for the assault on the former Union Minister, P. Chidambaram, in Tiruchi and the former Governor, M. Channa Reddy, at Villupuram, during 1991-96, he alleged that the "AIADMK never believed in democratic principles and the rule of law". Since the party failed to abide by constitutional provisions, it was liable to be de-registered and de-recognised by the Election Commission under the Representation of the People Act.

Claiming that the reign of terror was continuing in the past two and half years, the petitioner said it "created a fear in the minds of people and Opposition parties. The press is gagged by assault on presspersons and foisting of false cases", he added.

Stating that the AIADMK was indulging in "false propaganda" through its television channel, the petitioner sought an investigation into activities of the party and the television channel, besides a ban on both.

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