Chennai, Mar 10 : The Madras High Court today stayed a single Judge order directing holding of fresh elections to elect new office-bearers of the South Indian Film Artistes Association, also called Nadigar Sangam. Passing orders on an appeal filed by the faction led by actors Vishal, Nasser and Karti, a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice Abdul Quddhose also clarified that the Special Officer appointed by the government would administer the day-to-day affairs of the association. on January 24, Mr Justice K Layanasumdaran declared as null and void, the recent elections held to the Nadigar Sangam and ordered holding of fresh elections within three months, while appointing retired Judge B Gokul Dass as the election officer.
Dismissing the pleas moved by the current office-bearers led by actors Vishal, Karthi and Nasser, challenging the appointment of a Special Officer to administer the day-to-day affairs of the association, the judge held that the state-appointed Special Officer would manage the affairs of the association till the new office-bearers take charge.
While the present office-bearers in their pleas sought a direction for counting the votes polled in the elections, the rival group led by filmmaker Isari K Ganesh and actor-director K Bhagyaraj prayed for quashing the polls as it was conducted in a hurried manner and at short notice, besides alleging irregularities in the voters list. However, on an appeal filed by the Vishal group, the court today stayed holding of fresh polls and adjourned to matter to April 8 asking the government to file its reply. (UNI)