The Chandigarh administration on Wednesday got a rap in its knuckles from the Punjab and Haryana high court for putting the Chandigarh Golf Club under financial trouble by not de-freezing its bank accounts despite the court orders.
Expressing annoyance after coming to know that the UT administration issued letters to the banks concerned to de-freeze the club’s accounts only on September 2 (Tuesday), a day before the case hearing in the court, despite court’s directions on August 27, the court headed by justice M Jeyapaul said that it showed that the administration wanted the club to suffer financially.
Also, the court directed the club to ensure compliance of the Supreme Court’s directions issued on August 29 to deposit Rs 4.3 crore with the high court within three weeks time, which is Rs 8.59 crore (50% of the total outstanding lease rent) for its 132 acre land. The court said that fixed deposits (FDs) of the amount should be submitted to the high court registrar general’s office.
During the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Chandigarh Golf Club’s counsel informed the court that it was on Tuesday when the club officials confirmed from the banks about their accounts’ status and the banks had informed that they had not received any communication from the Chandigarh administration about de-freezing of accounts.
Deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin had on August 25 issued orders of attaching five bank accounts of the Chandigarh Golf Club.
The club challenged the move before the high court on August 27 and the order was stayed.
Earlier, Chandigarh deputy commissioner on July 19 had directed the club to deposit Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days as lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014 that was calculated at 7 per cent increase per year.
The deputy commissioner’s order had made it clear that if the golf club failed to deposit the amount, it would be sealed immediately.