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HT Correspondent
Chandigarh, February 17, 2013
Additional district and sessions judge SS Sahni on Friday dismissed an appeal put forth by the Chandigarh Golf Club, challenging a lower court's order of 2010 in which the membership of green card holders was declared null and void. With the dismissing of the appeal, the court has dismissed more than 500 green card memberships of CGC under the dependent category.

The green card holders were enrolled in 2005 in alleged violations of rules and regulations. The club had challenged the lower court's order given in favour of Brig Sukhdev Singh (retd), a resident of Sector 33, who had moved the court in 2006 against the action of golf club. He alleged that members who were ineligible were granted the green card membership in violation of norms.

In its argument, the golf club had said there were no strict rules in the byelaws, which stated that the consent of the three-fourth majority of members should be taken to grant one-time exemption. The court, in 2009, had passed an order that all memberships had been termed null and void. The club had challenged the decision.


Of green card holders

Captain of the course, Bobby Sandhu told HT that, "Green card holders are those cases where membership is given to dependent of permanent members, mostly the kin of the members. This rule is followed in each and every club. The entry fee for membership in the Chandigarh Golf Club is Rs. 3.5 lakh."