Singer and voice artiste Chinmayi Sripada, who has been removed from the dubbing union headed by actor-politician Radha Ravi, has revealed the the list of writ petitions/cases filed against the dubbing union.
As reported recently, Chinmayi said she has been denied film opportunities after she was removed from the union, and is therefore consulting lawyers to explore legal remedies against her termination. A similar case earlier resulted in a favorable judgement to the person who was terminated.
On the row, she revealed a list of cases filed against actor Radha Ravi and members of the union. She also said there was an FIR and charge sheet filed a few months back.
These are the list of writ petitions/ cases filed against the Dubbing Union. Plus there is an FIR and a chargesheet filed as well a few months ago. pic.twitter.com/HurRFhd4zo
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) November 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Chinmayi tweeted saying that her Dubbing Artistes Union membership in the Tamil film industry has been terminated for not paying ‘subscription fee’. In her tweets she said that no written communication or message was sent to her on past dues. And even though she hadn’t paid the fee, it didn’t stop the union from cutting 10% off her dubbing income. She also shared the formal letter sent by the union that said she was no longer a member.
Rajendran, the joint secretary of dubbing union said, “Chinmayi has not paid the subscription fee for the past two years. She has also spoken against the union in interviews, and said there are more than 15 pending cases in the union. So as per the Union’s rule, when someone doesn’t pay the subscription fee, they will be automatically listed for termination.”
However, the singer clarified these allegations a week after she was expelled from the South Indian Cine, Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union. In a 19-minute video published on her YouTube page, Chinmayi said that she had, in fact, paid a lifetime membership fee of Rs 5,000, in excess of the prescribed amount.
In the video she said, “Them telling me that my membership automatically expired because I did not pay the subscription fee is false. I have paid the lifetime membership fee.” She also admitted that there was no follow up from either the union or her to get a receipt for the payment.
This issue comes weeks after Chinmayi supported women who spoke out against alleged harassment by actor Radha Ravi, the head of the union. She had also accused Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual misconduct, even as many in the Tamil film industry were against her, and accused her for seeking cheap publicity.