KUALA LUMPUR: A rival group has applied for a High Court order to declare Datuk V.K.K. Teagarajan as the legitimate president of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI).
The group, led by Teagarajan, also sought a declaration that their special delegates conference (SDC) held on Jan 15 this year was conducted in accordance to the chamber’s constitution and was valid.
Teagarajan told reporters the writ for the order against MAICCI president Datuk K.K. Eswaran and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) was filed in the High Court on June 4 and is scheduled for hearing on June 16.
He said they had also requested for an order to restrain Eswaran from having their 2010 annual delegates conference on June 27.
He said seven member states had requested for the SDC in February 2009 with the intention of passing a vote of no confidence against Eswaran.
Teagarajan said several representations were made to the ROS before they directed MAICCI to convene the conference before Dec 31.
He said a special interim committee convened the conference on Jan 15 when they removed Eswaran as the president and elected him as the new president.
“But Eswaran held their annual delegates conference for 2009 on Jan 16 this year although ROS has only approved extension until the end of last year. Their meeting is invalid,” he said.
Teagarajan said the ROS had issued a letter in March this year recognising the office bearers elected for the 2008-2010 term as the legitimate MAICCI office bearers.
“We were compelled to proceed with legal action to ensure fresh elections for MAICCI after efforts to resolve the leadership issue through informal channels failed,” he said.
When contacted, Eswaran said a statement would be issued after the management council meeting Saturday.