The declaration of results of elections held to the South Indian Artistes’ Association (popularly known as the Nadigar Sangam), on June 23, is not likely to happen anytime soon, as the Madras High Court on Tuesday decided to club together writ petitions as well as civil suits related to the issue.
Justice P.D. Audikesavalu directed the High Court Registry to place a writ petition filed by Nadigar Sangam, even prior to the conduct of the election, before Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani, so that it could be heard along with the civil suits, by the same judge, to avoid contrary orders.
The judge took the decision since another single judge had issued an interim injunction, restraining the association and the Election Officer from declaring the results. The injunction had been granted in a civil suit preferred by some members alleging denial of the right to vote in the election.
However, in so far as the present writ petition pending before him was concerned, it was filed challenging an order passed by the Registrar of Societies on June 19, directing the association to suspend the election until complaints received from a section of members could be resolved.
Passing interim orders on the writ petition on June 21, the judge had given a green signal for the conduct of the elections, subject to a rider that the results should not be declared until further orders.
Therefore, the ballot boxes were stored safely, pending disposal of the writ petition.
Though it was expected that the petition might get disposed of Tuesday, the judge said, it could not be done in view of multiple legal proceedings pending on the issue before different judges of the court. He suggested that all cases should be heard together to give a quietus to the issue.
Additional Advocate General P.H. Arvindh Pandian, representing the Registrar, accepted the suggestion and the judge referred the matter to the Chief Justice for issuing appropriate administrative orders.