The Punjab and Haryana high court has sent the matter pertaining to tussle between Chandigarh Golf Club and the UT administration over the increased lease rent back for mediation.
During a hearing on Tuesday, the division bench of justice SJ Vazifdar and justice HS Sidhu was told mediation between the parties had failed. However, the high court bench, without recording the reasons for the failure, observed that it saw no reason why mediation should fail and asked both parties to appear before the mediation centre on August 26, while posting the matter for further hearing on September 3. The first round of mediation between the parties was moderated by justice Kuldeep Singh (retd).
The dispute arose over the UT's decision to charge `1.2 crore rent per annum retrospectively from the year 2008 from the club. The club had challenged the decision. In July last year, the high court had asked the club to pay 50% of the lease amount pending since 2008 within 15 days, which amounted to `4.29 crore as per the UT.
However, the club challenged the order in the Supreme Court, which directed the UT not to use any coercive method against the club and the club was asked to deposit the same amount with the registrar general of high court. Meanwhile, the mediation process was on.
The administration has also told the court that the Union home ministry had authorised the UT to take decision on the issue on its behalf.