The Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27 on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to its incumbent president Sukhbir Singh Bajwa for non-payment of bills amounting to Rs 2.38 lakh.
Club secretary general Ranju Aery issued notice to the president on Wednesday. The club management on July 13 had issued notice to the president for clearing the pending bills. Taking cognisance of the irregularity, the president has been asked to explain, “Why appropriate action should not be taken against him.”
Bajwa has been given 15 days to reply. Confirming the development, Aery said Bawja was issued notice for non-clearance of outstanding dues over Rs 2 lakh.
When contacted, Bajwa said,” The term show-cause notice used here is too big. The pending due that is mentioned against my name in the notice is actually not my individual bill, but that of the entire panel. The panel consists of 5-6 people, so this is a group expense.”
A show-cause notice has also been issued to former treasurer Jaswant Singh Rana, who made the pending payment through a cheque of Allahabad Bank that bounced. In the notice to Rana it was mentioned that it is a case of breach of rules of the club.
“The entire thing is rubbish and I have cleared all my dues. I think the problems lies with Aery, who has her own vested interest,” Rana said.
According to one of the governing body members, the move is an outcome of differences that have cropped up among the existing elected panel members over the performance of rapper Honey Singh during the Diwali night celebrations on the club premises, which was cancelled by the advisory committee and governing council after some of the panellists raised objections.
The night was earlier scheduled to be held on October 30, for which invitations were been rolled out by the secretary general earlier this week.