Board elections of Chelmsford Club, one of Delhi’s British ear clubs, have landed in soup.
Citing discrepancies in the state of affairs run by the present management of the club, the Delhi High Court has subjected that the club’s 88th election result would be bound to court judgement.
Founded in 1922, this elite club located near Parliament House has 2,485 members including bureaucrats, politicians, judges and many more.
SS Siyal, a permanent member of the club, through his counsel Prabhjit Jauhar filed a petition in Delhi High Court stating that the existing managing committee chaired by Secretary PS Bedi has illegally rejected all the nominations to the September board-elections.
Jauhar told the court, “The nominations of the proposed candidates were quashed by the club on the flimsy ground that no consent of the proposed candidates was required to be taken for the election of new managing committee”.
Siyal informed the court that Bedi has created his monopoly and has been unchallenged for
more than 20 years.
Siyal along with other proposed members stated in his petition that an ordinary form was provided to the members, who intend to be elected or even being proposed as a member of the managing committee.
Wherein, it was simply written that the member concerned can either give his consent or his name can be proposed for being the member of the managing committee.
Looking into the matter, Justice Ranvinder Bhat said, “The decision of the court and any declaration of election results - which are subject matter of these proceedings would be subject to the final judgement.”
The counsel for the club submitted that it would be bound by the decision of the court.
Jauhar contended in the court that the present managing committee is to deprive the interested persons from contesting the election, which is in violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioners.
The court noted that the petitioners being eligible members have all rights to contest the elections and be part of the managing committee.