Controversies are not new for the city’s prestigious Sutlej Club, which was recently hit by an alleged gambling scam involving two of its officebearers. With deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat, also the club’s president, marking an inquiry into the controversy, the issue has become a hot topic of discussion among its members.
According to the complaint filed with the DC, some club members allegedly indulged in gambling late into the night of October 26, violating the rules of the club. These members were present inside the club three hours after closing time. The members, including the club’s joint secretary Gurinder Singh Kairon and Ginni Thapar, son of the finance secretary, had allegedly misbehaved and abused club employees when they were asked to stop gambling. After the lights went out, they continued their activities using flashlights from their mobile phones. The entire scene was recorded in CCTV cameras.
Club members, requesting anonymity, said they sought strict action against the guilty and stated that all previous inquiries marked into such controversies surrounding the club have failed to reach any logical conclusion.
NOT THE FIRST TIME
On October 2015, a club officebearer allegedly misbehaved with Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik, when she was invited to perform here. An inquiry was marked by the then DC but no action was taken against anyone.
Similarly, discrepancies of more than Rs 1.5 lakh surfaced in the bar accounts this year. A probe was marked into the case but yet again no action was taken.
TIME-BOUND INQUIRY DEMANDED
Members further said following the club’s general secretary Ruchi Bawa and sports secretary Vivek Sharma’s written complaint supported by video and audio evidence against Kairon and Thapar, the president should mark a time-bound inquiry.
They added that Bhagat had directed employees to switch off the lights midnight. The guard at the club followed the orders and switched off the lights including that of the card room on October 26. Kairon and Thapar not only allegedly abused him but also forced him to switch on the lights. The game continued till 3am.
Sources said a month ago, one of the gamblers clicked pictures of members playing cards inside the card room but failed to sustain the allegations.
When contacted, Bhagat said an inquiry was marked to additional deputy commissioner Apneet Kaur. He added that it was not a time-bound inquiry.