SIFCC elections stuck in legal tangle?
The muchawaited elections for South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce on July 29 have been hit by a legal tangle since producerdirector A M Rathnam has reportedly moved a court in Chennai against the rejection of his application to contest as the president in the apex body
The much-awaited elections for South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce on July 29 have been hit by a legal tangle since producer-director A M Rathnam has reportedly moved a court in Chennai against the rejection of his application to contest as the president in the apex body.
Actually, C Kalyan has objected to the nomination of A M Rathnam since he is already holding a post of vice-president in another Chennai-based body, the Producers Guild. “According to the by-laws of South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, a contestant shouldn’t hold any post in a trade body at the time of filing his/her nomination. If so, he will not be eligible for contesting the elections.
However, A M Rathnam claims that he won the elections only a few weeks ago and would resign once he gets elected as president of SIFCC. And he moved the court for justice and the 2400-odd members of Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Kerala film industries are keenly awaiting the court’s verdict,” says a source, in Chennai. Although, during this season, producer Katragadda Prasad unanimously won the president’s post, but now, the announcement of the results has been withheld awaiting the court’s direction. If the court permits A M Rathnam to contest, then it would be a fight between two Telugu filmmakers-Katragadda Prasad and A M Rathnam, the source adds.
“We wish more Telugu filmmakers win more posts as they could help in resolving the disputes between the Telugu and Tamil or other language filmmakers over dubbing rights, woes of cine workers and also in recovering monetary dues from the Telugu filmmakers by negotiating with other language filmmakers. So, we wish that all the 700-odd Telugu members out of 2300-members vote for betterment of Telugu film industry,” the source concludes. Right now, the ball is in the court of law.