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CHENNAI, DEC. 24. A national convention of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), proposed to be held at Kolkata from December 26 to 28, has been stayed by the Madras High Court.
Justice S. Ashok Kumar, passing orders on a suit preferred jointly by three members of the Tamil Nadu chapter of the IIA, restrained the national office-bearers of the institute from holding the convention of architects either on the proposed dates or on any subsequent dates in Kolkata or in any other State.
In their affidavit, D.P. Sekar, Satheesh Kumar and J. Manoharan said the fixing of venue and date for national convention used to be finalised two years ahead of the meet, after following elaborate procedure which involved due nomination, election, if necessary, and ratification.
As per the established norms, during the XIX convention at Bangalore in 2002, the Tamil Nadu chapter won the contest to hold the XXI national convention in the State. It later authorised its Tiruchi and Madurai units to make arrangements to hold the meet at Kodaikanal from January 7 to 9, 2005.
During the past two years, the units concerned have formed several coordination committees, booked the convention venue and arranged lodging facilities for participants involving substantial expenditure.
While so, on December 8 the Tamil Nadu chapter Chairman intimated the petitioners that the national convention would be hosted at Kolkata. Subsequently, it was notified by way of advertisement. The "malafide action of the authorities concerned will be detrimental to the members of the Tamil Nadu chapter," they said.
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