Palanivel suspends deputy, 13 others over illegal MIC meeting

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MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has suspended 14 party members, including his deputy Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, for trying to proceed with a central working committee meeting today.

Palanivel said the meeting scheduled at 12.30pm today was illegal as the notice for the meeting was not issued by the party secretary-general.Other top leaders suspended were vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan, Perak Speaker Datuk Seri S.K. Devamany, and MIC Wanita chief Mohana Muniandy.MIC, an ethnic Indian party and a key component of the ruling Barisan Nasional, has been in a leadership tussle following the Registrar of Society’s order for it to hold fresh elections.Yesterday, the High Court dismissed two applications by Palanivel for judicial reviews of the RoS’s order to hold fresh elections.In a statement today, Palanivel said he was using his powers as president to enforce the 12-month suspension.

He said he had instructed all CWC members and other leaders to cancel today’s meeting but they had failed to do so, and called such an action “detrimental” to MIC’s interests.The elections held in November 2013 during its annual general assembly are being disputed and Palanivel had been seeking a declaration from the court that the election results were valid and enforceable.He said the notice for the meeting today had been issued by central working committee members of the 2009-2013 term.

Others suspended with immediate effect are N. Rawisandran, Datuk R. Ganesan, Datuk M. Davendran, Datuk KRA Naidu, Datuk V. M. Panjamothy, P. Manivasagam, S. Ananthan, M. Mathuraiveran, Datuk M. Asojan and P. Shanmugan. – June 16, 2015.

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