Nadigar Sangam: Vishal’s fresh plea in court


Vishal has filed a plea in the Madras High Court seeking to reverse its decision calling for fresh polls to be conducted to the South Indian Artistes’ Association (Nadigar Sangam).

It may be recalled that elections were held last year and votes have been kept at a bank locker. In his petition, Vishal, who was the general secretary of the association, requested the court to withdraw its order.

In January this year, the HC  declared the elections to Nadigar Sangam as null and void. It also ordered fresh polls within three months.

Justice K Kalyanasundaram, who delivered the verdict on a batch of cases filed both in favour and against the elections held last year, appointed former High Court judge B Gokuldas as election officer and entrusted him with the responsibility of supervising the election of new office-bearers.

The Judge said, “Fresh voters’ list shall be prepared after verification, and the same shall be notified. Fresh election notification shall also be issued as per bylaws. Members of the petitioner association and the Government of Tamil Nadu shall provide all assistance, including police protection, and extend fullest cooperation to the election officer for the conduct of free and fair election.”

He added: “The decision of the election officer is final with regard to the issues relating to the election process. If there is any dispute/grievance/clarification, it is open to all parties to approach this court for getting appropriate orders.”

The series of litigation started after Registrar of Societies passed an order postponing elections to the association indefinitely because of allegations that the names of 61 members were allegedly removed from the rolls days before the election.

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