HC directs Chandigarh Golf Club to pay 5 lakhs per month as lease money

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Hearing the petition pertaining to Golf Club lease row, a Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the club to deposit Rs 5 lakh per month since March 2013.

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As the matter came up for hearing, the Bench of Justice M Jeyapaul and Justice Sneh Prashar made it clear that the Golf Club would continue depositing the amount till the final disposal of the matter. Estimates suggest the amount comes out to be approximately Rs 2 crore.

After hearing the arguments of senior advocate Girish Agnihotri and Arvind Seth the counsels for the respondents, the Bench also made it clear that the amount would be deposited with the administration.

The High Court, on a previous date of hearing, was informed that Supreme Court’s former Judge, Justice Kuldip Singh, was no more mediating.

Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed as a mediator by the High Court to resolve the renewal of lease row between the Golf Club and Chandigarh Administration. The High Court had earlier made it clear that it wanted the Administration and the club to put their heads together for resolving the row.

The High Court had also stayed the impugned demand made by Chandigarh Administration, subject to deposit of 50 per cent amount. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer had initially issued a notice to president, Chandigarh Golf Club, for depositing Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days as lease rent from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2014.

Seeking directions for setting aside the order issued by the Administration on November 15 and 16, 2014, the club had contended that the same was totally illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory.

The Administration, vide the letter, had asked the Club to deposit lease money from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2013. The amount, as per the calculations, comes out to be about Rs 9. 27 crores. Directions were also sought by the Club to extend the lease of the petitioner society either in terms of draft lease proposed by letter December 2, 2009, or on terms similar to that of Delhi Golf Club, both in terms of lease money as well as tenure.

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