Former temple president fights to get his job back

2010-01-22 00:00

A SPAT between officals at the century-old Shri Vishnu Temple in Pietermaritzburg has taken a new twist: the former president of the temple, D.H.P. Sharkey Nagasar, is making an application to the high court to be reinstated.

Nagasar, who was president for four- and-a-half years, was allegedly unconstitutionally expelled as president in 2007 when he was accused of misappropriation of temple funds.

However, an audited financial report, confirmed by the management board of the Shri Vishnu Temple, has shown that there has been no misappropriation of funds.

Nagasar said he has waited several years for the full audit process to be completed and now he feels vindicated that his name has been cleared.

He added that he was a member of the temple for more than 16 years. “In essence I was a member all my life, following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather,” he told The Witness.

“On July 6, 2007, at an urgent unconstitutionally convened executive meeting, I was removed as president by the vice-president B.N. Maharaj. He alleged in that meeting that there were discrepencies in the financial matters of the Temple.

“The meeting took a decision to expel me. Ironically, only two exco members were present at the said meeting from a quorum of six,” said Nagasar.

He challenged his ouster, claiming the meeting was unconstitutional and took it up on appeal.

However, inApril 2008, he received a response from attorneys who said they represented the temple.

He was told a special general meeting had been held earlier that month, that his appeal had failed and that a decision had been taken that he be expelled.

“I then took the matter to the high court in May 14, 2008, bringing a case against B.N. Maharaj, who had moved from being the vice-president to the president, and the joint secretaries.

“The officals opposed the matter but no opposing documents were submitted. On May 20 2008 the matter was set aside,” said Nagasar.

He added that a further allegation that he had misappropriated funds fell away, and the director of prosecutions failed to charge him.

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