Chinnadurai was among the four nominees announced by Jayalalithaa on Thursday for the Upper House. In an official statement, the chief minister said party's organizing secretary and former minister A K Selvaraj would now be the official candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls.
Detailing the reasons for the expulsion of her partyman, Jayalalithaa said Chinnadurai had acted in violation of party's policies and rules, besides bringing disrepute and bad name to the party. "Party cadres are directed not to have any links with him," she said. Chinnadurai was the chairman of Tirunelveli district panchayat union and joint secretary of AIADMK's ilaignar and ilampengal pasarai (a wing of young men and women).
The AIADMK supremo said based on the inputs, the party's parliamentary board, a superior body met and reconsidered the candidature of Chinnadurai and replaced him with Selvaraj.
Party sources said a serious corruption charge against Chinnadurai resulted in the party high command sacking him. Chinnadurai was the only AIADMK district panchayat chairman during the DMK regime. M Ganesan of Veerapandianpattinam in Tuticorin moved the Madras High Court on Friday with a prayer to direct the government to register an FIR against Chinnadurai for alleged misappropriation of funds in his previous stint in the district panchayat.
In 2011, on a petition from Ganesan, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court had ordered an inquiry for alleged financial irregularities to the tune of Rs two crore. While a departmental inquiry vindicated the charges, no action was taken by the government thereafter. The Bench subsequently dismissed Ganesan's another petition, after submission from the state that a vigilance inquiry was on against Chinnadurai and others and there was no need for an FIR.
Incidentally, the party also replaced its nominee K Thangamuthu of Thanjavur for the biennial RS election in June last year, only to accommodate CPI candidate and party's national secretary D Raja at the eleventh hour. S Muthukrishnan (Tirunelveli city district secretary), Tirunelveli mayor Vijila Sathyanand (party's Trinelveli city district women's wing secretary) and Tuticorin mayor L Sasikala Pushpa (party's women's wing secretary) are the other AIADMK nominees for the RS polls slated for February 7.