Functioning of co-op societies’ official under HC scanner - ECAS Punjab

Functioning of co-op societies’ official under HC scanner

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Chandigarh, June 18

The functioning of Sangrur Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies has come under the judicial scanner with the Punjab and Haryana HC asserting that his action of debarring members from participating in an election appeared to be arbitrary.

Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal stayed the resolution of a managing committee meeting held on March 3, whereby the election of office-bearers was conducted and the president and the vice-president were elected.

The operation of an order dated February 28, whereby the Assistant Registrar observed that the petitioner-members would not be eligible to participate in the said meeting till final decision in the matter was also stayed.

“Prima facie, the action of the Assistant Registrar in debarring the petitioners from participating in the election appears to be arbitrary and is to deny them the opportunity to participate in the election of the office bearers,” Justice Grewal observed. The developments took place on a petition filed by Sarabjit Singh and another petitioner against the State of Punjab and other respondents. Appearing before Justice Grewal’s Bench, the petitioner’s counsel contended that they were duly elected as Cooperative Society members in June 2019. Challenge to their election was negated by the order of the Deputy Registrar. — TNS

from The Tribune

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