Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly has reduced the suspension to six months of six DMDK MLAs who assaulted a dissident leader inside the House. They had earlier been suspended for a period of one year.
DMDK MLAs V C Chandrakumar, K Nallathambi, D Murugesan, S Senthil Kumar, B Parthasarathy and R Arulselvan were suspended on Monday for allegedly assaulting C Michael Rayappan, one of the four MLAs from the Vijayakant-led party to have called on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in 2012, much to the chagrin of the DMDK high command.
When the issue was raised by Opposition parties, Jayalalithaa asked Speaker P Dhanapal to consider their plea. Subsequently, a resolution was passed in this regard and the Speaker said the suspension period was being reduced to six months.
However, the MLAs will not be entitled to their salary, perks and powers, he said. However, unsatisfied with the Speaker's ruling, DMK members staged a walk-out.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)