KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri G. Palanivel has lost his MIC individual membership ipso facto and is no longer the president of the party, according to a statement issued by MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam here today.
Dr Subramaniamm who is also Health Minister, said he is now the acting president of the party.
Subramaniam said this was confirmed in a letter from the Registrar of Societies Datuk Mohammad Razin Abdullah to the secretary-general of the party’s Interim Central Working Committee 2009 today.
He said the letter stated that Palanivel, who is also Natural Resources and Environmnet Minister, lost his membership under Article 91 of the MIC constitution.
Subramaniam said he would function in the capacity of acting president to lead the CWC 2009 to conduct the re-elections of the MIC as per RoS’s directives.
He added that the list of members of the MIC Interim CWC 2009 stated in the letter from the Registrar of Societies is as follows:
Deputy President/Acting President: Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam
Vice President: Datuk Seri S.K Devamany
Naib President: Datuk M. Saravanan
Secretary-General: A. Sakhtivel
Treasurer: Datuk Jaspal Singh
Information head: Datuk V.S Mogan
Youth chief: Datuk T. Mohan
Wanita chief: Datin Paduka Komala Krishna
Committee members: Datuk S.S Rajakupal
Datuk V.M Panjamothy
Datuk K.R.A Naidu
Datuk M.M Samy
Datuk P. Palaniappan
Datuk R. Ragumoorthi
Datuk J. Randhir Singh
Datuk G. Kumaar Aamaan
The issue of Palanivel’s membership arose when some MIC members claimed he had lost it because he took party matters to court recently.
On the other hand, other MIC leaders felt Palanivel did not lose his membership because he took up the case to challenge RoS over its directive to MIC to hold a re-election.
On Feb 24, Palanivel, two MIC vice-presidents MIC Datuk S. Sothinathan and Datuk S. Balakrishnan, and former secretary-general A. Prakash Rao filed an application for a judicial review to cancel the RoS directive.
On June 15, Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad rejected their appeal for judiciary review and determined that the RoS only gave its view that the party should resolve its conflicts, but the suggestion to have a new election to resolve the party problems was made by Palanivel.
Asmabi said Palanivel, in a letter dated Feb 5, 2015, had agreed to resolve the party problems by having new elections at all branches and divisions, including for the post of president.
On June 19, Palanivel, Sothinathan, Balakrishnan and Prakash Rao filed an application for a temporary stay of the RoS directive while waiting for the outcome of their appeal on the High Court’s decision.
They filed the appeal on June 16.
Today, Palanivel and three others failed in their attempt to get a temporary stay against the court’s decision to uphold the directive of RoS that the party hold fresh elections.
Judge Asmabi rejected the application of the four for the temporary stay after allowing RoS’s objection on it. – BERNAMA