Earlier, the Tamil Nadu Assembly saw a huge showdown between the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the DMK over the sting operation in today's session, which was earlier being expected to be crucial for paving the way for the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill on July 1. Speaker P Dhanpal then said that the matter can not be discussed because it was sub-judice.
Undeterred, the DMK MLAs protested against the Speaker's decision by displaying pamphlets with the words "MLAs for sale" on it.
He recalled that when the DMK was in power in January 2011, then Speaker R Avudaiyappan had cited the grounds of "sub-judice" to deny permission to an AIADMK member to raise the issue of "Nira Radia" tapes in which DMK MP Kanimozhi's name had figured.
Dhanapal said there was a precedent for not allowing sub-judice matters to be discussed in the House.
Since the confusion prevailed for another 45 minutes, the Speaker evicted all the DMK members from the Assembly.
Later, Stalin was picked up by the police and taken to the nearest police station.
Later, the DMK members staged a road blockade agitation outside the State Secretariat following which police arrested them. "The speaker forcibly evicted us from the assembly". "There must also be a CBI probe into the sting operation carried out by Times Now about the sale of MLAs", he said.
He further said the issue can not be discussed also because there was no major proof to substantiate it as it only came out in the media. The Congress and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) legislators also staged a walk out and joined Stalin in his protest.