Staff Reporter

Refutes charges of financial misconduct

Charges former office-bearers with financial misconduct

Dares his opponents to prove charges against him

KOCHI: Former chairman of Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA) and filmmaker Vinayan on Monday alleged financial irregularities by former office-bearers of MACTA who had organised a music nite to help the family of the late musician M.S. Baburaj.

Countering the allegations of financial misconduct raised against him by the newly elected representatives of MACTA Cultural Forum, Mr. Vinayan alleged that there were irregularities in the conduct of the sangeetha sangamam (musical event) organised by the forum in 1995.

Addressing a press conference here, he said senior director P.G. Vishwambharan had informed him that several tickets worth Rs.1,000 were sold without carrying the official seal of the forum and signature of the elected representatives.

Mr. Vinayan said a Rs.2.5 lakh cheque issued by the forum to the family of the late musician had returned for want of money in the bank. Those at the helm of affairs of the forum at that time also failed to set up a music academy in memory of Baburaj despite earning lakhs of rupees through the music nite organised with the aim to collect funds for the project, he said.

Pointing out that there was an agenda behind the allegations of financial irregularities raised against him and renowned cameraman Ramachandra Babu (former general secretary of MACTA), Mr. Vinayan said the allegations were part of the ongoing attack against him by a section of people in the industry. “I am going to file defamation suit for Rs.50 lakh against Thampi Kannanthanam, Harikumar, Jose Thomas, and Sreemoolanagaram Mohan (all members of the newly elected MACTA Cultural Forum) for raising baseless allegations,” he said.

Mr. Vinayan challenged his opponents to prove the allegations. He stepped up the attack against them by demanding a probe by a governmental agency into the use of funds by various elected bodies of MACTA since its inception.

Terming the general body meeting of the forum held here on Sunday as illegal, Mr. Vinayan said the meeting was held at a time when two cases related to the election were pending before the courts. He said only 123 persons out of the eligible 1,807 had attended the meeting.

Stating that the MACTA was a ‘cosmopolitan club’ having participation of only a select few in the industry, Mr. Vinayan said the committee under his leadership had taken care to launch several programmes aimed at the welfare of its members. The committee had also kept audited statements of its expenditure. “We welcome anyone to verify the documents,” he said.