After SC relief, former Tamil Nadu minister Ponmudy reinstated as MLA

SC stayed his conviction in a DA case

Madras High Court convicted Ponmudy in a DA case on December 19, 2023 | PTI Madras High Court convicted Ponmudy in a DA case on December 19, 2023 | PTI

Senior DMK leader K Ponmudy was on Wednesday reinstated as a legislator with the authorities revoking a notification that declared his Tirukoyilur Assembly constituency vacant.

This comes after the Supreme Court stayed his conviction in a disproportionate assets case.

Following Ponmudy's conviction on 19 December 2023 by the Madras High Court in a the case, the Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretariat declared his constituency as 'deemed to have become vacant' from the date of his conviction.

From May 2021, when the DMK assumed power, Ponmudy had served as the Higher Education Minister till his disqualification following conviction in the assets case.

The TN Assembly Secretariat declared Tirukoyilur vacant by way of a notification issued on 5 March 2024. The Assembly Secretariat issued a fresh notification dated 13 March to rescind the notification of 5 March.

According to the new notification, an interim order of the Supreme Court dated 11 March 2024 suspended Ponmudy's conviction and following that, the Assembly Secretariat on Wednesday revoked the earlier notification that declared the former minister's constituency vacant. 


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