In a housing society mess, BMC's former demolition man quits post

Violating election rules, Khairnar had installed himself as chairman


Geetanjali Minhas | September 11, 2013

Khairnar allegedly had been chairing meetings on behalf of his wife who is the chairman of Ideal Apartments housing society
Khairnar allegedly had been chairing meetings on behalf of his wife who is the chairman of Ideal Apartments housing society

G R Khairnar, former deputy commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been forced to step down as chairman of housing society for flouting cooperative society laws. Deputy registrar of cooperative societies, Maharashtra housing and area development authority (MHADA) had issued an order on August 21 barring him from attending his housing society meetings.

Khairnar had attended one society meeting held on September 5 as a special invitee.

Khairnar, whose wife is a member and appointed chairperson of the society, had allegedly been writing minutes of the meetings and signing documents as chairman. Following complaints from his housing society members, Governance Now had contacted Khairnar. He denied the claims.

“I refused the post of chairman in spite the insistence of members. To fulfill their wishes, my wife became the chairman. The general body (GB) has passed a resolution giving me all authority to carry out affairs of society under rules, regulations and by-laws. The society by-laws allow associate member to act as the chairman,” he said.

He, however, refused to quote the concerned by-law saying that having been the deputy commissioner he is well aware of the laws. When asked why he does not formally engage as chairman of the society he is residing in he said he considered being the chairman of a small cooperative society below his dignity.

His wife Ashalata, the original owner of the flat, was elected chairperson in the society elections. Khairnar, a co-owner of their flat was not even elected to the managing committee, yet chaired meetings on her behalf, took decisions and even signed letters and circulars. He allegedly got his wife to sign minutes of meetings in absentia which included his name as an attendee.

In spite of absence of required quorum, Khairnar is said to have conducted meetings, taken decisions abinitio and not part of agenda. Society members claimed that he never recorded names of members who attended meetings, framed minutes on issues which were not discussed in meetings and circulated them. He is also believed to have dictated terms and whimsically threatened members with expulsion notice.

“Going against redevelopment guidelines issued by GoM on 3rd January 2009, he installed the board of Neumec builders so as to push awarding redevelopment contracts,” said members.

Khairnar is listed as a member of the advisory committee in the Neumec group website.

In light of the above, his role in his housing society becomes dubious as MCS by-laws clearly prohibit this kind of involvement.

“It is a clear case of conflict of interest,” added a member.When asked why he had installed the board of Neumec Builders in a case of conflict of interest, In his defense Khairnar said that he is advising many builders and there is no vested interest in awarding the contract to Neumec. “Only municipal corporation members are prevented from having a contract with builder/ developer and not ordinary members” he justified.




Other News

Seeking religious aid in governance in India

India is known for its old and rich culture, and religion forms a substantial part of it. In India it is hard to find people who categorise themselves as atheists, unless we refer to the matrimonial or dating apps that now have a breed distancing themselves from any religion and categorise themselves as sp

Uneasy calm in riot-torn Delhi

No untoward incidents have been reported from the parts of the capital that witnessed communal riots this week, but the peace Thursday morning was still tentative and a number of those hospitalized for injuries were battling for life. Clashes began Sunday evening and engulfed parts of northe

Modi-Trump show gives India-US ties new dynamism

In the more than 40 hours of stay in India during his two-day visit, US president Donald Trump exhibited his talents as a politician and also a showman with acumen to provide the Indian audience and Americans back home enough opportunity to stay glued to his activities on the Indian soil. Whether it be his

People-to-people relations the real foundation of Indo-US friendship: Modi

On the second and last day of US president Donald Trump’s India visit, prime minister Narendra Modi said the real foundation of Indo-US friendship is people-to-people relations. Trump, meanwhile, sidestepped the contentious issues of the protests against the new citizenship law, telling a joint press

America loves India, America respects India: Trump

America loves India, America respects India, said US president Donald Trump as he and first lady Melania Trump began their short visit of India from Ahmedabad on Monday, welcomed by prime minister Narendra Modi. The US president was in Ahmedabad, in Modi`s home state of Gujarat, to attend th

2020 is crucial for CPSE: Arjun Ram Meghwal

"The year 2020 is going to be a significant year for India and especially for Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE), "said the Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for heavy industries and public enterprises on Wednesday at the 7th PSU Awards and Conference organised by Governance Now on 19th


Current Issue


CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter