High Court directs Golf Club to pay Rs 20 lakh in rent to UT in 2 weeks
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday directed the Chandigarh Golf Club to pay Rs 20 lakh as rent to the UT Administration within two weeks.
The directions came from a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain while acting on a petition seeking quashing/ setting aside the orders of the UT Administration dated November 15 and 16, 2012 wherein the club was asked to deposit rent to the tune of Rs 9,27,48,000 within two months.
However, the bench asked both UT Administration and club to continue with their meetings to resolve the matter amicably and adjourned the hearing of the case for February 13.
The petitioner club had informed the bench that as per the two letters issued on November 15 and 16, 2012 the lease period of the club had been proposed to be five years, rent of the building proposed as Rs 1,61,28,000 per year and the rent for green area was fixed as
Rs 10,000 per acre for 130.6 acres of open land.
The court was also informed that UT Administration had also proposed a 7 per cent hike in the rent. The club further submitted that it had written a latter dated December 12, 2012 to estate office, UT Administration with regard to said letters as the letters were issued without any discussion with the petitioner society and without granting any opportunity of hearing to the petitioner.
The club also sought quashing of said letters as it termed them illegal and arbitrary. The petitioner had also sought directions to administration to reconsider the matter in its eternity and extend the lease of the petitioner in term of draft lease proposed vide letter dated December 2, 2009 or on similar terms to that of Delhi golf club.
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