P Wilson
P Wilson

Senior Advocate P Wilson named DMK nominee for Rajya Sabha seat

Meera Emmanuel

Senior Advocate P Wilson has been nominated as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

An announcement to this effect was made this morning. The other DMK candidate nominated for the upcoming elections is General Secretary of the party’s Labour Progressive Federation, K Shanmugam.

P Wilson is a former Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG). He served as ASG between August 2012 and May 2014. Earlier, he has also served as an Additional Advocate General (AAG) for Tamil Nadu between August 2008 and May 2011. 

Following his enrolment in 1989, he joined the chambers of former Tamil Nadu Advocate General, KV Venkatapathi. After he set up independent practice, he went on to serve as the Standing Counsel for various state entities including the Chennai Corporation, the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation and the State Transport Corporation. 

In 2005, he was appointed Senior Central Government Standing Counsel in the Madras High Court, following which he was appointed the Special Government Pleader. He was designated a senior advocate in 2009, a year after he was appointed AAG for Tamil Nadu. He resigned from the post of AAG in 2011 along with other law officers.  In 2014, he resigned from the post of ASG following a change in the Union Government.

Wilson has appeared for various leaders of the DMK party, in several cases including for party chief MK Stalin and others including Kanimozhi, Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanidhi Maran. 

Among the recent high-profile cases that Wilson has appeared in was a case concerning the burial of late Chief of the DMK party, M Karunanidhi. In August last year, the ruling AIADMK-led government initially declined permission for the burial of the late DMK Chief at the historic Marina Beach memorial grounds alongside CN Annadurai, revered as a pioneer in Dravidian politics in Tamil Nadu and viewed as Karunanidhi’s mentor. 

However, following impassioned arguments lead by Wilson, a Division Bench of the Madras High Court allowed DMK’s petition challenging the state’s refusal to allow Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina. Wilson had argued that the state’s refusal to allow Karunanidhi’s burial at the ground conventionally marked for Dravidian leaders had entailed in a violation of his right to a decent burial under Article 21, given his stature as a “tall leader” of the Dravidian movement.

Apart from the two DMK candidates, the party has also announced that one nominee will be from the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) party. 

Rajya Sabha elections to fill six seats from Tamil Nadu are scheduled to be held on July 18.

[View the announcement of the DMK Nominees for Rajya Sabha below]

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