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Racing enthusiasts swap sunburn for court burn!

  May 23 , 2024

The racing enthusiasts were initially glued to the skies, praying for a miracle to break the scorching heat. They worried the lack of rain might put a damper on the Bangalore Summer Season. Now, their gaze has shifted to the High Court, waiting for the green light to resume racing, since the government hasn`t exactly been racing to issue licenses. The Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) has taken the legal route, and the matter has been bumped to June 6 for the government`s response.

This endless cycle of "tariq pe tariq" (date after date) has punters biting their nails, desperate for their next adrenaline rush. Win or lose, they just want to feel the thrill again. And let`s be real, the only guaranteed winners in this game are the organizers and the government, who rake in the cash while punters end up lighter in the wallet.

But hope springs eternal for these thrill-seekers, who would rather risk it all than miss out on the action. After all, even the noble Pandavas from the Mahabharata couldn`t resist a good gamble.

The summer season in Bangalore has always been a season of discontent. For the past two decades, it`s as if someone`s been sneaking in a curse to ensure no summer goes by without a professional strike or nature throwing a tantrum. This time, the delay is courtesy of the government`s displeasure with the club`s antics. Allegations of financial misdeeds, a few families running the show like their personal fiefdom, and a general disregard for any government advice have sparked the latest drama.

Enter Aravind Raghavan, the club`s chairman. He used to be the ringleader of chaos as the head of the Karnataka Race Horse Owners Association. But plot twist! Now he`s on the other side of the fence after being elected to the club and clawing his way up to the chairman`s seat. True to his disruptive nature, the halting of races has come as no shocker.

Adding to the plot, both Raghavan and the club`s secretary, M.K. Kiran, have been charge-sheeted along with the bookmakers by the Central Crime Branch. The CCB discovered a massive GST evasion operation during their raid on the bookmakers and suspected the club was in on the scheme. In a spectacularly ironic twist, Kiran issued a notice to the bookmakers, revoking their licenses pending the court case, even though he and Raghavan are also under the legal microscope.

This wouldn`t be the first time the club had to clean house. Remember the chief stipendiary steward Pradyumna Singh who had to resign after getting charge sheeted in the Queen Latifa case? Will Raghavan and Kiran face the same fate, or will they somehow keep their seats on this merry-go-round of chaos? Stay tuned for the next exciting episode of "As the Turf Turns"!

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Posted by Ravindra Shenoy on ( May 23 , 2024 )
How can a Accused person under the same chargesheeted write to another Accused that he cannot function his duties. First and foremost Kiran Arvind and Vijaynarashima should resign from their respective post. If one refers to Pradumanya Singh case, he resigned after being chargesheeted in doping case. Thus case will go on and.on till BTC shifts or withdraws it case from Supreme Court. These present set of stewards have antongised the.Government especially the CM with their lies and acts of cheating and not trustworthy. The government had requested for one ex official to be appointed but the ex chairman lied to the government of post currently not vacant. It`s better for the outstation professionals to leave thus centre immediately as it`s going simple case of `Tariq pe.tariq"
Posted by Ramesh on ( May 23 , 2024 )
I think BTC is not going to get license any time soon. The lawyer of the government it seems has myriad of questions which BTC will have to answer before the court could consider granting licence. The present chairman installed himself as chairman by wrongly impressing that he is a congress worker duping the CM has lot to answer. Having been the president of welfare society earlier where accounts were bungled up to the tune of 1crore he is was already under cloud. After becoming chairman, the BTC hasd allowed more bookies than legally allowed and the money collected from the illegal bookies is unaccounted. The contract given for supplies of sand is dubious. Regular parties thrown to members to pacify them is also under scrutiny. The dubious decisions on enquiries favoring certain owners and trainers for getting tips also would haunt him. So the AG would drag the case and it seems curtains for BTC at least for another 3 months minimum. The members of the club should do well to ask the present managing committee headed by this chairman and lead a delegation to the CM and impress upon him to amicably settle as soon as possible.

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