Bengaluru: The High Court on Tuesday adjourned till December 14 the hearing on petitions seeking grant of licence to conduct horse racing at the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC), as the club rejected a proposal by the government to conduct winter races under the supervision of a committee in place of the existing stewards.
Senior Counsel S.S. Naganand, appearing for the BTC, said that it is not acceptable as the stewards, who were overseeing racing activities, have been kept out of the proposed committee, which would result in other racing centres not recognising the BTC’s racing activities.
He pointed out that the government has three nominees in the existing committee of six stewards, and the BTC has no objection to increasing this number to four for supervision of racing activities.
Earlier, Advocate-General Madhusudan R. Naik submitted a proposal to form an interim committee, to be headed by a retired HC judge and comprising three retired officers from the all-India services from the background of administration, policing and taxation. This interim committee will replace the existing stewards and will submit a report to the government on the way forward to regulate BTC’s racing activities. However, the government made it clear that the club’s members will continue to have all facilities in the club, except the right to conduct races.
Justice A.S. Bopanna adjourned further hearing on the BTC’s interim plea to direct the government to grant licence for racing activities pending final consideration of the petitions.