In a setback to South Indian Artistes Association popularly known as Nadigar Sangam, the Madras High court on Tuesday refused to grant permission to hold the election at Dr MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science in Raja Annamalaipuram and directed it to choose a different venue. The polls are scheduled to be held on June 23.
Based on this, the judge directed the association to opt for a different place where public safety is not at stake and inform the court on Wednesday.
Vishal had submitted that former High Court judge E Padmanabhan appointed as election officer for the elections had chosen the college as the venue, but the police, based on a representation given by a rival candidate stating that the venue was not suitable to conduct elections, had written a letter to the college expressing their inability to provide protection. Following this, the college management was unwilling to provide the venue without security, Vishal said.
He noted that though there were over 3,000 eligible voters in the Nadigar Sangam, over 1,000 of them are expected to vote through postal ballot while 1,500 to 2,000 members are expected to vote in the venue and the college could easily accommodate them as well as their cars.