Solve dispute over rent: HC to Golf Club, UT

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Wednesday directed UT Administration and Chandigarh Golf Club to resolve the matter pertaining to rent between themselves and take help of mediation.

Directions came from a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain while taking up a petition filed by the Gold Club seeking quashing of UT Administration orders wherein the club was asked to deposit Rs 9,27,48,000 in rent within two months.

The club had informed the bench that as per the two letters, the lease period of the club had been proposed to be five years and rent for the building had been proposed Rs 1,61,28,000 per year and the rent for green area had been set up as Rs 10,000 per acre for 130.6 acres of open land.

The court was also informed that UT administration had proposed a 7 per cent hike in the rent. The club further submitted that it had written a latter dated December 12, 2012 to the Estate Office, 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.

"It has been more than two weeks but the society has not received any reply or response either from UT Administration or from Union Ministry of Home Affairs," read the petition.

The club has sought quashing of the said letters as they were "illegal and arbitrary". The petitioner has also sought directions to UT Administration to 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.

The case will come up for hearing on January 30.

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