CGC brawl: Club to decide on action on panel report today

On February 16,there was an incident of violence at the 16th tee between the groups of former club honorary captain Sukhjit Lehal and Lt Col Vijay Singh Sandhu.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:April 6, 2013 2:22 am

A day after the inquiry committee looking into a brawl at Chandigarh Golf Club on February 16 submitted its report to the club president,it was decided that the club management would hold a meeting on Saturday to decide on the action to be taken.

On February 16,there was an incident of violence at the 16th tee between the groups of former club honorary captain Sukhjit Lehal and Lt Col Vijay Singh Sandhu. The inquiry report,which was submitted by inquiry committee chairman Lt Gen (Retd) K S Mann and S M S Sandhu,recommended that the club authorities should take strong action against Lehal and Lt Col Sandhu,and indicted Lehal,Sandhu and Randeep Nabha,the Congress MP from Amloh.

The report said that slow play by veteran athlete Milkha Singh and other member of his group R S Mann led to the brawl.

The third member of the inquiry committee,J S Rathee,did not turn up to submit the report. “The management was scheduled to meet on Friday but that did not happen. The management will now meet on Saturday and would also wait for Rathee to submit and sign his report. The final decision will be taken by Saturday evening and it will be posted on the club’s premises,” said an official of the club.

The report said the argument at the 16th tee led to the exchange of blows between Lehal and Sandhu in which Sandhu got injured and Nabha seemed to have been lured into the brawl.

“I have not read the report yet. I can say something only when I read the report,” said CGC president Gurinderjeet Sandhu.

Milkha Singh,however,said it was Sandhu’s fault. “It was not a case of slow play. If we were playing slow,Sandhu should have contacted the marshals and told them about it. They asked us for a pass on the 10th tee and we gave them and waited. They did not come and then we started playing. Sandhu came at the 16th tee while one member of his group was still on the 15th hole green and Sandhu placed his ball ahead of our tee. The club authorities should ask them why they did not contact the marshals at the course,” said Milkha while speaking from New Delhi.

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