A group of members of the Breach Candy Swimming Bath Trust (BCSBT), which claims to have lost faith in the Trust’s incumbent managing committee, has called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of all members of the city’s premier club.
The group, which includes eminent personalities such as BJP spokesperson Shaina NC, has alleged that the committee has “jointly and severally breached the constitution” by carrying out illegal constructions on the four-acre land of the club, besides being in other violations of the Trust’s constitution.
They have also claimed that some ineligible members, including incumbent chairman Dipesh Mehta, have been appointed to the managing board, and that memberships have been granted outside the purview of the constitution.
According to its constitution, which was approved by the city civil court in 1967, the BCSBT comprises members in various categories that include trust members (open to Europeans only), ordinary members (Indian citizens) and honorary life members (those who have been granted membership on account of exceptional service rendered to the trust).
Currently, the membership fee for the elite club has been pegged around Rs 1.2 crore.
According to the BCSBT constitution, the managing committee is run by trust members alone, while the custodian trustee (preferably an institution, otherwise a committee of three trust members) looks after the club’s immovable assets. According to article 16 of the Trust’s constitution, custodian trustees and the managing committee remain independent of each other.
In 2011, however, three managing committee members, Rohit Barman, Captain Vikram Malik and Dipesh Mehta, were appointed as custodian trustees. Under their custodianship, the group has alleged, illegal renovations and constructions were carried out within the club premises, affecting the immovable property of
“We have issues with the managing committee, which should be resolved through dialogue. If the committee has a clear conscience, it should be able to address the concerns of the members and reveal the actual position of its members and other details of the club, rather than resort to unnecessary tactics of revoking the membership of those in opposition,” Shaina NC told Newsline.
Under the EGM, 58 trust members, in addition to demanding the