KUALA LUMPUR – MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has dismissed the order to suspend him and 14 others in the party as invalid.
According to him, Datuk Seri G.Palanivel has lost his standing in the party and his right to make decisions after violating its constitution.
He said today that Section 91 of the constitution stipulates that whoever goes to court without the endoserment of the Central Working Committee loses his or her membership automatically.
Palanivel issued a statement as MIC president earlier today, suspending Dr Subramaniam, vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan and 13 others for convening an “illegal” meeting of the interim CWC.
The suspension came a day after the Kuala Lumpur High Court rejected two judicial review applications by Palanivel and four others to annul the directive of the Registrar of Societies for the MIC to hold re-elections.
Dr Subramaniam alluded to the court case, and said: “It’s clear the applicants have contravened the MIC constitution and the invocation of section 91 is inevitable.
“It is my opinion that pursuant to Section 91, those five (Palanivel, MIC vice-presidents Datuk S. Sothinathan and Datuk S. Balakrishnan, former MIC secretary-general A. Prakash Rao and CWC member A. K. Ramalingam) cease to be members of MIC ‘ipso facto’,” he told reporters after chairing the interim CWC meeting for which he and the other 14 were suspended.
Subramaniam, who is Health Minister, said the meeting at the party headquarters decided that the fresh elections would start next month.
“We hope the branch, divisional and national elections (including for the posts of president and deputy president) will be completed by the end of October,” he added. – BERNAMA