The District Court of Chandigarh dismissed the stay application of the Rowing and Sweep Association (RASA), Chandigarh, filed against Chandigarh Rowing Association (CRA) and its secretary, seeking directions to restrain the latter from conducting state-level tournaments, while permitting RASA and its representatives to organise competitions and hold elections.
The stay plea against RASA was dismissed by the Court of Civil Judge (Junior Division) Harjot Singh Gill. Meanwhile, a revision in the matter was filed by RASA at the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajeev Goyal. The matter is now scheduled for hearing on December 2.
As per the civil suit, the complainant Shubhjot Singh said that RASA was a body incorporated under the Registration of Societies Act and was registered with the Registrar of Firms and Societies, Chandigarh, and was governed by the Constitution, while the term of the last legal governing body of CRA, headed by President TC Gupta came to an end in the year 2009-2010.
Thereafter, the governing body became funtus-officio, having no legal authority to perform any function, while it was also argued that the CRA was permanently disaffiliated by the Chandigarh Olympics Association (COA) by the decision of the Executive Committee in its annual general meeting held on January 25, 2017 and still stood disaffiliated.
The petitioner, however, had sought an interim relief that the Chandigarh Rowing Association (CRA) and its secretary, Rajeev Sharma, should be restrained from conducting state-level tournaments, should not send teams for national tournaments and should be barred from the activities organised by Rowing Federation of India, as due to their illegal activities irreparable loss and harassment was being caused to innocent and talented players of Chandigarh and nearby places.
On the contrary, the CRA through its General Secretary Rajeev Sharma pleaded that the petitioner intended to harass and humiliate CRA and its representatives, and the CRA was not bound by the law to submit the details of its internal matters, including election or process of elections, to anyone.
After hearing to the arguments the Court held that RASA had mentioned about the young and talented players, but on record none of the players had advanced grievances that due to the actions of the CRA, and its secretary, their representation before state level or national level games was being hampered and that they are or likely to be not representing Chandigarh in the forthcoming state or national games and that it was so due to the alleged pleaded illegal activities of CRA and its secretary.
Moreover, the court order read that “If the stay application is declined, then no prejudice will be caused to the plaintiff since plaintiff has miserably failed to show at this stage that as to what and how will he be facing irreparable loss”.