BPP election scheme to be readied

Amendments to the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) election scheme should be put before  a division bench of Bombay High Court Justices Sharukh Kathawalla and Milind Jadvav on Thursday, February 3. The decision followed a two and a half hour hearing on February 1 between the Justices, intervenors,  sitting trustees Noshir Dadrawala and Kersi Randeria, several lawyers representing the various parties, two lawyers instrumental in drawing up the amendments, Darius Khambata and Berjis Desai and an amicus curiae, Sharan Jagtiani. Two other BPP trustees, chairwoman Armaity Tirandaz and Viraf Mehta joined in briefly when Kathawalla wanted their consent to the amendments. 
   After hearing the various legal arguments put forth, it was decided that the proposed amendments should be put forward by a majority of the BPP trustees to avoid any legal complications later. When universal adult franchise had been mooted around 15 years ago, the BPP trustees had unanimously agreed to move the Court for the historic change, noted Kathawalla.
     The two counsels for the five trustees, Karl Tamboly and Firoz Bharucha, and four of the trustees themselves gave their assent subject to certain modifications in the proposals. These will be incorporated as required. Once the scheme is drawn up, advertisements will be placed in two publications, probably this weekend, inviting objections to the modified scheme. A fixed time frame will be stipulated to avoid any party trying to indefinitely delay the election process. After that a date for the elections will be fixed by the Court.