Punjab and Haryana high Court summons DC over co-op societies’ polls

  • Hindustan Times, CHANDIGARH
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2015 12:57 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) summoned UT deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Shayin over the issue of elections of the cooperative societies, on Tuesday.

DC Mohammad Shayin, who also holds the charge of the registrar of the cooperative societies, was directed to appear before the court on May 5 after the UT administration’s counsel, during a hearing on Tuesday, stated that instructions had been issued to the registrar of the cooperative societies to withdraw the notification, in which the aforesaid societies’ managing committees were given extension of five years.

The election of the members of the managing committees of the aforesaid societies is valid for only one year.
The UT administration’s counsel said despite several reminders, the registrar office had failed to come up with an appropriate reply to be filed before the HC.

Following the submissions, the bench of Justice SK Mittal and Justice HS Sidhu gave the administration 10 days to file reply in this case and summoned the deputy commissioner.

It may be recalled that the UT administration had on March 2 informed the court that the notification which states extension of the term of the cooperative societies’ managing committees by five years, had been withdrawn. The administration also submitted that the rules for the same would be put in place before the next date of hearing.

However, the petitioner, RD Anand, once again approached the court on March 18, stating that the said notification had not been withdrawn, following which the HC had issued notice to the Chandigarh administration.

RD Anand, a city lawyer, had challenged the UT’s notification dated December 2, 2014, wherein the registrar of the cooperative societies had ordered that all the managing committees of the cooperative societies, whose elections were held after January 1, 2013, would get an extension up to five years.

The petitioner had alleged that UT was yet to frame rules for the implementation of the provisions of 97th constitutional amendment and the managing committees, which were elected for one year.

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