TFPC President Vishal taken into preventive custody; T Nagar office opened by government officials
Representatives of the protesting faction, including director Bharathiraja, producers AL Azhagappan and K Rajan, met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy to urge him to look at the matter
The drama surrounding the Producers Council continued on Day 2 as Vishal, the head of TFPC, was taken into preventive custody after he tried to break open the lock of the Producers Council office. However, it is reported that the T Nagar office has been opened by government officials, and Vishal's supporting members have entered the office.
Police who were mute yesterday wen unauthorised ppl locked the doors & gates of TFPC have arrested me & my colleague today for no fault of ours,absolutely unbelievable— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) December 20, 2018
We will fight back,wil do everything to conduct Ilayaraja sir event & raise funds to help Producers in distress
Meanwhile, representatives of the protesting faction, including director Bharathiraja, producers AL Azhagappan and K Rajan, met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy to hand a petition urging him to look into the problems in the Producers Council.
Earlier, on Wednesday morning, a 300-member strong group of dissenters, including producers T Siva, Sathya Jyoti Thyagarajan and AL Azhagappan, had locked down the TFPC offices in T Nagar and Anna Salai, protesting against the mismanagement by Vishal and a few other office bearers.
Speaking to the media after the lockdown, Azhagappan had said, "With just a phone call, we were able to gather this crowd of 250-300 people. Imagine how much angst these people have. We want a new attack committee (a temporary committee with decision-making powers) to be formed that will act as stewards while election preparations happen for March 2019"
The protesting faction put forth a list of 18 points against Vishal and the other office bearers, which included issues like mismanagement of funds (the fixed deposit of 7.8 crores left by the last group is particularly a point of concern), unkept promises (combating piracy, absence of income from Cable TV), large expenses (increased salary, increased rent) and not convening an Annual General Body meeting.
And last night, TFPC President Vishal and the other office bearers lodged a complaint against members of the dissenting faction who locked the offices, terming it criminal trespassing. The Sandakozhi 2 actor urged there was no mismanagement and the account details will be presented at a meeting soon.
(This is a developing story)