Delink election from amendments : Bombay High Court



A Bombay High Court division bench comprising Justices Sharukh Kathawalla and Milind Jadhav suggested today in a virtual hearing that the lawyers for the opposing factions of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) trustees delink the holding of the trusteeship elections from the proposed amendments to the election scheme. The separation was to prevent further delays to the thrice postponed elections for two trusteeship seats. The Bench has set Monday, January 10 as the next date for hearing. The Justices told the lawyers to "Take a call on what you want to do. Enough is enough.”
There was a concern that interveners would raise objections to the amendments in order to further delay the elections. "Someone or the other will be put up” to object, voiced Karl Tamboly, the lawyer for BPP trustees Noshir Dadrawala and Kersi Randeria. The duo have been opposing their co-trustees, Armaity Tirandaz (chairwoman), Viraf Mehta and Xerxes Dastur’s move to delay the elections. Three election dates have already been proposed and scuttled by those who want to hold on the three to two majority in the present five member board.
Already interveners have objected to the electoral rolls listing the name of deceased Parsis and other irregularities. "We are getting the impression” that lawyer Purazar Fozdar’s clients, Phiroze Amroliwalla and Zeree Jehangirji are trying to delay the elections, said Kathawalla. Fozdar countered their intervention was "not malafide.”
"The community can read between the lines,” noted Kathawalla. Once the Court consents to the holding of elections for the two seats, "Everything will fall in place,” he added.
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