Tamil Film Producers Council moved the Supreme Court on Saturday challenging an order of the Madras High Court rejecting its plea against a lower court order permitting counting of the votes polled at the extra ordinary general body meeting (EGM) of the council convened by the ad hoc committee.
The petitioner Thennappan moved the court through his counsel A. Radhakrishnan seeking an injunction to restrain the election officials concerned from opening the ballot box till the matter was heard.
According to the Petitioner, he and other 26 Executive Committee Members were elected in the elections held in October 2011 for a two-year period and they assumed office.
In April last some of the executive members resigned and formed an ad hoc committee.
When the ad hoc committee wanted to convene an EGM, the petitioner got relief in the trial court which restrained the Respondents from holding the EGM by the illegally appointed ad hoc committee.
However, on appeal a Single Judge of the Madras High Court without going into the merits of the case held that the ad hoc committee could convene the EGM on October 28, 2012 presided over by a retired Judge and also went to the extent of saying that the ad hoc committee could pass No Confidence Motion against the elected Executive Committee Members.
The petitioner said based on the orders the EGM was conducted by the illegal ad hoc committee and no confidence motion was passed and the retired Judge also conducted secret ballot voting and handed over the ballot boxes before the XI Assistant City Civil Court along with the report.
The petitioner’s revision against this order was dismissed by the High Court on February 1 and hence the present appeal for a direction, not to open the ballot box till the disposal of the SLP.
Staff Reporter in Chennai adds:
Justice E. Padmanabhan, retired Judge, in his report said, the no confidence motion against the Council president S.A. Chandrasekar was passed by 204 votes to 10.