Speaker P Dhanapal cited Rule 66 of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Rules, which disallowed any motion which sought to raise discussion on a matter pending before a statutory tribunal or a statutory authority performing judicial or quasi-judicial functions or any commission or court of inquiry.
It all started when the House resumed for business for the day to debate on demand for grants for housing and urban development department.
DMK leader and former deputy chief minister M K Stalin stood up to seek the Chair to take up an adjournment motion to discuss the building collapse, which claimed 61 lives and injured 27 workers.
The DMK leader was soon joined by the members of other opposition parties.
Dhanapal's plea to the members to resume their seats went unheeded and at one point of time nothing was audible.
Housing minister R Vaithialingam said the members could first listen to his reply, which would not come in the way of an ongoing inquiry by a one-man inquiry commission led by former Madras High Court judge Justice R Raghupathy.
"Why don't you listen to my reply," the minister asked.
Later, Leader of the House O Pannerselvam intervened and said the previous DMK regime had set a precedence by not allowing the AIADMK member Kalairajan to speak on a subject which was under the scrutiny of an inquiry commission.
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