The UT Estate Office sealed five bank accounts of the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) for non-payment of Rs 4.3 crore lease amount before the deadline on Friday. Further action will be taken after the hearing of the club’s special leave petition in the Supreme Court.
The Estate Office had on July 19 issued a notice to the CGC to deposit Rs 8.59 crore within 15 days. On a petition of the club management, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the notice, and asked the club to deposit 50 per cent of the lease rent till August 25.
However, the CGC did not comply, and filed a petition in the Supreme Court. While an official of the Estate Office confirmed sealing of bank accounts, club president B S Gill said he had not received any such orders.
The site in Sector 6 was leased out to the CGC in 1971. Spread over 132 acres, it comprises a community centre building and a swimming pool. The last extension to the lease was till March 2008. Since then, there has been a tussle going on between the CGC and the administration over lease rates.
Amounts ranging from Rs 13.44 lakh to Rs 17.62 lakh per month were fixed by the administration for different years from 2008-09 to 2012-13. The Golf Club authorities, however, challenged the rates in the high court in January last year.