Call for Indian Golf Union EGM termed ‘illegal’

NEW DELHI: The Indian Golf Union (IGU) is divided over an EGM convened on June 6 to amend its constitution as demanded by the Sports Ministry, with a faction terming the meet ‘illegal’. 

According to a report in Hindustan Times, this meet is essential in due to the Sports Ministry derecognising the federation since it failed to comply with the National Sports Code and holding elections. 

However, this move has been challenged by Anirudha Seolekar, the immediate past president of the IGU. He had written on May 12, “IGU rules say the EGM can be convened only by the council. We have not seen any minutes of the (council) meeting where such a decision has been taken. Please circulate minutes of the meeting and get them approved before issuing any notice. The secretary has no authority to take action without the approval of the council. Both the president (Wg Cdr SatishAparajit (retd)) and secretary are in the habit of defying decisions of council and have caused serious damage to IGU by their actions.”

The faction that has raised objections argues that the EGM can’t be generally held in a restricted area like the Cantonment. Council member Ranjit Chaudhri referred to clause 19 of IGU rules to highlight the "violation".

“All meetings shall be held at the office of the Union unless the council shall otherwise determine…Holding a meeting in any other venue would not be considered an EGM,” wrote Chaudhri.

In support, council member Satbinder Singh wrote: “It is ok to hold council meetings in a restricted area, however, general body meeting must be in an open venue accessible to all… The (EGM) notice should have gone after approval of the minutes by circulation, otherwise its legal status is questionable.”