Madras HC bench told petitioners they failed to prove allegation of encroachment.

Victory for Nadigar Sangam court lifts stay on construction of association building
news Court Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 09:23

In what comes as a victory for the management of Nadigar Sangam, or the South Indian Film Artistes' Association, the Madras High Court on Tuesday vacated its earlier stay on the construction of the association's building at T Nagar. The court had earlier directed office bearers to maintain status quo on the construction.

In May 2016, residents of T.Nagar had filed a writ petition alleging the South Indian Artistes Association had encroached upon a 33-foot public road connecting Habibullah Road and Prakasam Street.

The matter came up for hearing before a Division bench comprising Justices N Kirubakaran and V Parthiban. The judges went through the report submitted by the Advocate General and other documents produced by the Sangam and said that no prime facie case was made out. The court said that the residents had failed to prove that public areas had been encroached upon, despite being given multiple opportunities.

“Please don’t waste your time by looking for corruption. We also have a system similar to ‘Bigg Boss’. We work transparently and anyone can come and question us on our decisions. From tomorrow, we will start the tender process. The building will be ready by August next year,” said Nadigar Sangam Secretary Vishal to The Hindu.

He reportedly added that the verdict had shown that there would be no problems as long as people follow the laws. “The court has said today that there is no prima facie case. We were waiting for this verdict. Our hands are clean and we have followed every legal procedure,” he said.