A spat between Chandigarh Press Club's general secretary and president came to light with general secretary Ranju Aeri alleging president Sukhbir Singh Bajwa for misusing club's funds for personal benefits.
Aeri shot a mail to the club members on Tuesday alleging that the Sector-27 based club had a liability of nearly Rs 10 lakh for which the club president was responsible. Aeri quoted the balance sheet of the past eight months (April 2013 -November 30, 2013) while making the allegations.
"I have apprised the club's advisors twice about the financial mess in the club, but no action has been taken. Instead of taking action, some of the advisors are shielding Bajwa," wrote Aeri in the email.
She also pointed out other financial irregularities for which Bajwa was responsible. "On the occasion of Lohri, Bajwa announced to give an amount of `11,000 to all those club members who became father of a girl child this year, despite knowing the financial condition of the club," wrote Aeri. "Earlier, in October last year, I had issued a show-cause notice for Bajwa's pending dues, and till date he has not deposited the full amount," she added.
The general secretary further lashed out at the governing council and said that she was issued a notice for not attending a meeting when she raised voice against Bajwa. "All meetings have been conducted without any written agenda and so I am not bound to attend it," Aeri said.
When contacted, club president Bajwa said the allegations were baseless and were raised due to personal grudges.
However, Aeri said she stood by her mail and claimed that she had all the related documents to support the allegations.
Governing council gets free coupon of Rs 250 on each function
The general secretary alleged, "I would like to apprise all the members about the fact that all members of the governing council get a coupon worth `250 for each function held at the club. This is totally unethical. In addition to it, the president and some other members of the council treat their guests after the functions at the cost of the club."