November 26, 2013 3:07:10 am
The Gujarat High Court on Monday reserved its order on a petition moved by Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) chairman Vipul Chaudhary. He has challenged a meeting called by the majority of members of the federation. After the conclusion of arguments of all the concerned parties to the petition,the court of Justice A J Desai reserved its order.
Chaudhary has challenged the meeting called by 14 of the 17 board members of the federation purportedly to pass a no-confidence motion against him. HC has already stayed the meeting and the stay was extended by the court on Monday,till it pronounces the order on the petition.
Apart from the Gujarat government and GCMMF,four other district milk unions had opposed the petition. The four unions had moved applications to be joined as party to the petitions.
During the arguments,Chaudharys lawyers argued that there was no provision of bringing no-confidence motion against the chairman of the federation in the Gujarat Cooperative Societies Act and in the bylaws of GCMMF. They also argued that the move by other members was politically motivated.
Lawyers representing GCMMF members opposed the petition and claimed that they had every right to call for a requisition meeting. This was an internal dispute and the court should not entertain Ch-audharys petition,they added.
They argued that GCMMF chairman had acted on mere apprehension that he would be removed from the post by the members. The lawyer further argued that they only wanted to discuss the issues which had led to distrust as the dispute was between the office-bearers of the federation and its chairman.
As many as 14 out of 17 board members of GCMMF,worth Rs 13,700 crore,had called for a special meeting on October 26 to discuss policy-related issues. HC had stayed the scheduled meeting on October 25 after Chaudhary filed a petition challenging it.
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