The ongoing rift involving illegal late night gambling at the city’s prestigious Satluj Club has taken an ugly turn with internal politicking amongst members coming out in the open after the controversy
The two office bearers—the club’s joint secretary, and the son of the finance secretary— against whom the complaint of misbehavior and violation of rules has been filed, had reportedly recorded videos of other members indulging in gambling activities a few days prior to the incident.
The two thus ‘fell in the same pit they dug’ as the other members then embroiled the two in the controversy by filing a complaint against them, revealed a former office bearer of the club.
A closed-door meeting of former as well as current office bearers held at the office of one of the prominent industrialists in city at Focal Point on Thursday where majority of them loathed the handling of the gambling fiasco.
They conceded that the matter could have been confined to the four walls of the club and therefore resolved amicably but there was a “deliberate attempt by a few members” that it was circulated in public eye only to settle personal scores.
The former general secretary, who did not wish to be named, shared that one of the members involved in the ‘gambling controversy’ owing to personal enmity possibly due to sharing of power structure, had recorded videos footage and still-pictures of the gambling act inside the club premises and strategising against the top brass. As the video footage started circulating amongst the members of the club, the top brass (office bearers) swung into action and cracked whip on its own members involved in the act.
Questioning the authenticity of the decision, some members said, “Gambling has been taking place ever since the club was thrown open to the public, 30 years ago, so why was a complaint registered only against select office bearers while there were around a dozen members in the video footage (CCTV).”
However, Gurinder Singh Kairon, joint secretary of the club, refused to come on record over the recording of video footage but he acceded that there were few members of the club who recorded the video and circulated it.
Ruchi Bawa, general secretary of the Sutlej Club said, “If the members involved in the controversy recorded the video footage of the gambling act inside the club premises then why did they indulge in it themselves? They could have abstained from it rather than be a part of it. As for now, our priority is to take the office bearers of the club to task and if produced credible evidence, we will take strict action against other members in the future.”