The Madras High Court has stayed the operation of an executive order passed by the Registrar of Societies on Wednesday, indefinitely suspending the elections to the South Indian Artistes Association (Nadigar Sangam) scheduled for Sunday (June 23).
Justice P D Audikesavalu while permitting the association to conduct the elections as scheduled on June 23, however, directed that the results of the elections shall not be declared till further orders.
Passing an interim order, he directed the Registrar to file his response by July 8 to the plea moved by the association. The judge said he was prima facie satisfied with the submission of the association that the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act of 1975 does not empower the Registrar to stall the elections, especially after the notification has been issued.
On June 19, the Registrar of societies passed an order, deferring election to the association in view of charges, including irregularities, on the voters list.
According to Nadigar Sangam, the Registrar’s order is arbitrary and illegal as once an election is notified it cannot be stalled. Any issues raised can only be decided after the elections, it said.