Madras High Court Ordered for Election in Press Club

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Chennai Press Club
Chennai Press Club

Chennai Press Club will finally have to elect for the post of office bearers in three months after long 17 years delay.

This after the Madras High Court ordered elections to the press club and appointed retired judge Justice K Chandru as election commissioner for the event. Justice MM Sundresh also observed that the current office bearers, who have been running the club since 1999 were not elected legally.

Fight between different groups of journalists, all staking claim to the prestigious recreational and welfare club leads to the Court case and the order. Complain by several journalists about alleged maladministration, misuse of funds and lack of transparency in the running of CPC the press club of Chennai.

It started with the case registered in 2009 by R Mohan, a journalist with a Tamil daily filed a case against the Club.  But with no movement in the case, another journalist, Subbaiah working for Tamil channel, Puthiya Thalaimurai impleaded in the case in 2011.

 “My prayer was for elections to be held in the Press Club. As journalists we put out all issues and problems that society faces but in our own field we can’t do it, then it’s hypocritical,” said Subbaiah.

Now it is to see which fraction of the Press will hold the key after election.