Monday, November 29, 1999

SC appoints high-level committee for Trivandrum Golf Club

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) The Supreme Court today constituted a high-level committee for running the affairs of the prestigious 19th century Trivandrum Golf Club, the licence of which was cancelled by Kerala government for alleged violation of rules. "We deem it fit to appoint a high-level apex committee (for running the administration of the club)," a vacation bench comprising Justices Deepak Verma and K S Radhakrishnan said about the club situated on a 25-acre plot in the heart of the city, having leading politicians, top bureaucrats, police officials among its members. The court said the committee would be headed by the Chief Secretary, Kerala government, and other members would be Secretary to Kerala Sports Promotion Council, District Collector and Chief Engineer of PWD. The committee would also include as its members persons already registered with the club and has knowledge of the sport. The Bench said the committee would look after the day-to-day management of the club without disturbing the membership of about 600 golfers. It said the existing staff would continue to work and the already decided the programmes of the club for holding championship will not be stopped by the committee which will be entitled to using all the facilities and equipments available at the premises. The court was hearing a petition filed by the privately-owned club challenging the authorities'' decision to take over the premises owned by the government by cancelling the license granted to it for allegedly violating various rules. Kerala government defended the move to take over the premises on the ground that the club had violated rules by running a bar, carrying out modification of the heritage builiding, permitting film shootings, marriages and fixing a fee of Rs one lakh for every member. It had said that in view of the alleged irregularities the state government decided to take back its land, run the golf club and throw it open to the common man. The state government said the idea was to attract the best talent in the sport and as it cannot be merely restricted to the elite. Further, it had said, the club cannot be allowed to carry out commercial activities from a heritage structure owned by the government and it had the right to re-possess the same in public interest. .

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