Election to the governing body of Saraswati Kunj cooperative house building society in Wazirabad, Gurgaon, was held on the orders of Punjab and Haryana high court on Sunday.
Seven candidates were elected out of 33 and the executive members of the governing body will be elected from the seven winners within 60 days.
Election was held at the office of assistant registrar of cooperative societies at Civil Lines in the presence of police and district administration officials. About 30 policemen were deployed in and around the voting venue, anticipating trouble during the polls. Six booths were prepared for polling.
The last election of the society was held in 2007 but the elected body was dismissed within two years, Rajpal Madan, one of the contestants, said. There were 2,764 eligible voters.
Two panels of seven candidates each and two with five candidates each contested the polls, assistant registrar of cooperative societies Rishi Kumar said. Four candidates were elected from the general category, two seats were reserved for women and one was for a candidate from scheduled categories.
The society was mired in controversy since its formation in 1983 when 9,000 members were registered but land was available for just about 4000 members. Madan claims only 1,268 members have so far made full payment but people with vested interests registered members who have not paid one-third the amount. A number of court cases were filed in the matter.
Earlier this month, the state government constituted a commission under the chairmanship of former Indian Administrative Service officer SP Sharma to resolve the issues pertaining to membership and assets of the society. The office of the commission will be in Gurgaon.
Other members of the commission are additional deputy commissioner, district town planner and Gurgaon cooperative societies deputy registrar.