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HC notice to DDA on group housing society

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Petitioners accuse outsiders of hijacking cooperative society

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, the Delhi police and two private individuals on a petition by members of a cooperative group housing society accusing private persons of hijacking their Society registered in 1971 fraudulently in connivance with government officials.

Issuing the notices, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Manju Goel asked the respondents to file replies to the allegations in the petition on August 2.

The petition filed by B.B. Dass and Ashok Kumar, employees of the news agency United News of India (UNI) and members of the UNI Employees' Cooperative Group Housing Society Limited, alleged that Rakesh Kumar Guffur, a resident of Ramesh Nagar in West Delhi, had filed an affidavit in the office of the Registrar claiming that he was president of the Society and the petitioners as well as other original members had resigned.

The Society, formed on June 6, 1971, was meant exclusively for employees of the news agency, and G.G. Mirchandani, the then Editor of the agency, was its president in 1977, the petition said.

The original address of the Society was 9, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, which, according to the petition, Rakesh Kumar Guffur and his associate, Mahesh Chand Guffur, a resident of Shahdara in East Delhi, changed into 14/189, Sector-17, Rohini, North-West Delhi.

Further, on March 3, 2003, the two submitted a list of new members to the Registrar office from which the names of the original members of the Society were missing, the petition alleged.

The petitioners swung into action following publication of an advertisement on November 14, 2004, by the Registrar Office that the names 135 Cooperative Group Housing Societies, including the UNI Employees Cooperative Group Housing Society Limited, had been recommended to the DDA for allotment of land.

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