A city advocate on Saturday issued a notice to Tamil Maiyam, Mylapore, asking it to return any amount it might have collected from anyone or organisation for ‘Chennai Sangamam' 2011.

In the notice to Jegath Gaspar Raj of the Maiyam, advocate M. Radhakrishnan cited the Madras High Court order on January 7 in a petition filed by his client, P. Pugalenthi, and said any action by the organisation with regard to the conduct of the festival contrary to what had been stated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) in the counter affidavit and the court's observation would amount to contempt of court.

Mr. Radhakrishnan drew his attention to reports in a section of the press on January 3 that the organisation had sent requisition letters to 2,000 people seeking assistance for holding the festival, and that according to the Maiyam the cost for conducting the programme would be about Rs.4 crore.

He said any follow-up action pursuant to the organisation's demand of sponsorship, as found in the press reports, would amount to contempt of court.

If the Maiyam had already collected any amount from any person or organisation for the festival, it should be returned. He made it clear that the organisation would no longer be associated with the festival except for the purpose of identifying and deploying the artists as stated in the TTDC's counter-affidavit.

In another notice to the Chairman, TTDC, the advocate drew his attention to media reports about the Maiyam's requisition letters seeking assistance and said any action pursuant to the demand of sponsorship by the Maiyam would amount to contempt of court. The Chairman should adhere strictly to the court observations.

Keywords: Tamil Maiyam