Vishal’s request to High Court over Nadigar Sangam polls

Vishal has filed a plea appealing the Madras High Court to withdraw its verdict on the Nadigar Sangam elections. As per reports, Vishal has requested the counting of votes in the already held election, in his petition.

He has also appealed against the cancellation of the election held on June 23 last year. Elections were held last year and votes have been kept at a bank locker.

It may be recalled that a few days ago, Justice Kalyana Sundaram observed that the election, that was held on 23 June, 2019, was announced after the end of the incumbent officer-bearers’ term and therefore was not valid.

The HC declared the Nadigar Sangam elections in June last year as null and void. It upheld the appointment of B Gokuldoss, a retired judge, as election officer to conduct the election in three months.

Justice K Kalyanasundaram, concurring with the State’s submission, in his order, said the court has no hesitation to hold that the decisions taken by the executive committee of the petitioner association in the meetings held after the expiry of their tenure on October 18, 2018, and the actions taken under the same is invalid in law and not binding on the members of the association. As such, the appointment of the Election Officer and the election conducted on June 23, 2019, are null and void.

He said,  “Fresh voters’ list shall be prepared after verification, and the same shall be notified. Fresh election notification shall also be issued as per bylaws. Members of the petitioner association and the Government of Tamil Nadu shall provide all assistance, including police protection, and extend fullest cooperation to the election officer for the conduct of free and fair election.”

“The decision of the election officer is final with regard to the issues relating to the election process. If there is any dispute/grievance/clarification, it is open to all parties to approach this court for getting appropriate orders,” the Judge added.