More muck flies in golf club elections

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2015 16:03 IST

The dirty duel between two warring parties in the Chandigarh Golf Club elections touched a new low with incumbent club president Birinder Singh Gill being issued a show-cause notice on the complaint of governing council member Ravi Virk on Tuesday.

The notice comes as a retort from Virk, who just two days ago was served a similar notice on the complaint of Gill, who had alleged that the former had hosted parties for soliciting votes for the club elections scheduled for April 19.

Now, Virk has also accused Gill of organising two such parties in Chandigarh and Patiala.

Virk has alleged that a party was organised on March 11, at DSOI, Sector 36, Chandigarh, in which 60 persons, along with Gill and most of his team, were present. He added that a similar party was hosted in Patiala on March 23, by the past president of the club for Gill in order to muster support for him in the elections.

Taking cognisance of the complaint, the standing committee headed by justice (retd) KS Garewal decided to issue a show-cause notice to Gill as to why action should not be taken against him under rule 51(e) (breach of club’s code of conduct).
In his reply to the notice served on him, Virk maintained that it was a small family function attended by 7-8 guests apart from the hosts (him and Hassan Singh Mejie) and many were non-golfers. He maintained that elections were never discussed during the party. Mejie also filed a reply on similar lines.

The war between the two factions had escalated when Virk shot a two-page letter to all club members levelling allegations against the governing council, including president.

Responding to letter, Gill too shot off a letter supported by the signatures of the governing council members.

“Whatever be the result this kind of dirty politics will only diminish the stature of the club. The club is already fighting a battle on lease and all this doesn’t augur well for the club,” a senior club member, who didn’t wanted to be named, said.

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