Upholding the Punjab and Haryana high court interim order of July 24, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) to deposit Rs. 4.3 crore with the high court within three weeks, which is 50% of the total outstanding lease rent (Rs 8.59 crore) for its 132 acres of land.
The directions came from the bench comprising justices FMI Khalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh, while hearing a special leave petition filed by the club challenging the high court’s interim order. The Supreme Court also made it clear to the Chandigarh administration not to take any coercive action against the club till the time given to the club to deposit the amount.
DC Mohammed Shayin had, on July 19, directed the club to deposit Rs. 8.59 crore within 15 days as lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014.
The DC’s order had made it clear that if the club failed to deposit the amount, it would be sealed.
Since the club challenged the order in the high court, the court had stayed the order subject to the payment of 50% amount with the administration, in the meanwhile.
However, the club had chosen to challenge the same before the Supreme Court.
The DC had, on August 25, issued orders to attach five bank accounts of the club, which were challenged by the club before the high court on August 27 and, in turn, the orders were stayed awaiting Supreme Court orders.
The case is fixed for hearing before the high court on September 3.