The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Government Pleader (GP) to file an affidavit on Friday making a specific statement as to whether ‘Chennai Sangamam' is being organised with the funds of Tamil Maiyam or the organisation is merely conducting or associating with the cultural festival.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S.Sivagnanam passed the order on a petition by an advocate, P.Pugalenthi. The programme is to be held from January 12 to 17.

The petitioner had filed a public interest litigation petition seeking to forbear the Tamil Nadu Government and the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) from in any manner associating themselves with the organisation for conducting the cultural festival.

When the petition came up, the court ordered notice to the Tamil Nadu government, represented by its Tourism Secretary, TTDC and Tamil Maiyam.

The matter has been posted for Friday.