HC issues contempt notice against TN govt officials

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Chennai, Jan 24 (PTI) The Madras High Court today issueda contempt notice to Tamil Nadu Tourism Secretary forincluding the name of an NGO, raided by CBI in connection withthe 2G scam, in advertisements for a government-sponsoredcultural event.

The court had on January 7 directed that no advertisementissued by the government for popularising ''Chennai Sangamam''should carry the name of NGO Tamil Maiyam, in which ChiefMinister M Karunanidhi''s MP daughter Kanimozhi is a director.

Kanimozhi is also the co-ordinator of the Sangamamfestival, held from January 12-17, to popularise folk arts.

A bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and justice TS Sivagnanam also ordered issue of notice to Tamil NaduTourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Chairman, seekingexplanation why contempt proceedings should not be initiatedagainst them for violating the court order.

The notices were issued on a contempt petition filed bycity-based lawyer P Pugalenthi.

In its earlier order, the court had allowed associationof Tamil Maiyam with the festival while disposing a PIL byPugalenthi seeking to forbear the government from having anytie-up with the NGO in the wake of CBI raids on its office onDecember 15.

In his contempt plea, Pugalenthi submitted that contraryto the court order, all advertisements for the ChennaiSangamam carried the name of Tamil Maiyam.

When the matter came up before the bench, MRadhakrishnan, counsel for the petitioner submitted that theearlier order of the court was made on the basis of counteraffidavit filed by respondents but "they have not followed thecourt order".

Government Pleader Rajah Kalifulla said all advertisementsthat carried the name of Tamil Maiyam were issued by privateparties and the government "could not bind some third partiesin issuing the advertisements".

The matter was posted for further hearing on February 7.

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