The NCUI-NCCT matter failed again to come up for hearing in Delhi High Court on Monday as the Bench was overburdened with cases. NCUI’s Advocates and officials waited till 4.30 PM to no avail.
According to an NCUI official, given the calendar of the cases awaiting action the Bench would have to sit till 10 pm in the evening to clear all the cases. I had firsthand knowledge of how Indian judiciary is swamped with pending cases, he underlined.
On realizing that the Bench is unable to hear the NCUI-NCCT matter, NCUI Advocate Harish Malhotra approached the Bench and requested that the matter be heard tomorrow on Tuesday. But the Bench refused citing cases slated for Tuesday.
The next hearing would be held on 1st of November, said NCUI Chief Executive N Satyanarayan to Indian Cooperative. The CE along with a few more officials had stood in the court premises since 2 pm.
“One thing is certain that there would be no further postponement of our case on November 1st as the Bench was kind enough to allot us a definite time on that day which is 2.15 pm; this was done to ensure there is no further delay in the hearing”, said Satyanarayan.
The case has failed to progress in the last three dates, sometimes due to the Bench’s inability to hear the matter and at other times due to the erstwhile Advocate of NCUI V P Singh. Some of the officials of NCUI hold VP Singh responsible for botching up the matter and sabotaging NCUI’s interest.
To make up for the loss NCUI has employed a battery of Advocates now. Besides Advocate Harish Malhotra, Advocate Krishnan Dayal is also there. Avishkar Manu Singhavi, son of senior Advocate Abhishekh Manu Singhavi is also assisting in the matter.
The top officials and the advocates are confident of winning the case but what eludes them is a proper hearing. They argue that the move by the govt is aimed at weakening the apex cooperative body. They also quote relevant bylaws to prove the how the govt move is weak on legal grounds.
It bears recall that NCUI had received a letter from Agriculture Ministry with the title “Establishing National Council of Cooperative Training (NCCT) as an independent, Central and Professional entity-delinking from National Cooperative Union of India”.
The letter said due to NCUI’s control, NCCT failed to achieve its aims. The reputation of its premier institute VAMNICOM also suffered due to intense politicking and mismanagement. These facts are vehemently opposed by the NCUI.