Consent terms hearing

After a hearing today morning on the acceptance of the consent terms signed by the five Bombay Parsi Punchayet trustees, a Bombay High Court (BHC) division bench of Justices Sharukh Kathawalla and Milind Jadhav asked the lawyers to confer with their clients on queries raised by the judges and report back to the Court at 4.30 p.m.
Kathawalla noted the Court was not bound to accept the proposed amendments in which case would the elections be held? If the amendments were accepted would the trustees agree to hold the elections "as soon as possible?” The lawyers will convey their clients’ decision to the Court at the evening hearing.
The proposed amendments comprise reducing a trustee’s term to five years from the present seven, limiting the years a trustee can serve to 10 from 21 and holding the elections for all seven seats this March 27. The five trustees, Armaity Tirandaz (chairwoman), Noshir Dadrawala, Kersi Randeria, Viraf Mehta and Xerxes Dastur had agreed to the consent terms in October last year but Mehta added a proviso that the elections could be held subject to the Court amending the scheme. A single BHC justice A. K. Menon had refused to take the consent on record due to Mehta’s rider.