Update from Theosophy News:
The law suit filed in Chennai High Court by Krishnaphani and Rama Chandra Rao against TS, its officers and others involved in Election is going forward to trial. Judge has just released his judgement. Judgement is in public domain and can be downloaded at the link listed below.
Tim Boyd, as President of TS, filed objections claiming that the members have no standing to sue.
This was denied and judge has ruled that they have standing and hence the case goes forward to trial.
It is significant that the judge has recognized the importance of fair and free elections in Democracy and let us all pray that at the end of the day, the law suit will fix the TS President Election System as it is very critical to the future of theosophical movement.
We can be sure that theosophical movement will ultimately win.
In the trial, much details would emerge, we all should be ready for many surprises.
Some Key Observations:
"Accordingly, this application (of Tim Boyd) deserves no merits and the same is dismissed."
"Accordingly, this Court is of the view that the applicant/D10 is not justified in contending that the respondents 1 and 2/plaintiffs are not having locus-standi to file the present suit"
"Court has also found that a member or voter of a Society/Association has a right to challenge the elections in the absence of specific bar either in the Bye-laws or under the statutory provisions."
"I have already pointed out that the By-laws of the first defendant-Association are totally silent about the manner in which the elections have to be challenged."
"Election is a symbol of Democracy and the same has to be conducted strictly in accordance with the procedures established by law in a fair, transparent and unbiased manner. There cannot be any compromise on the mandatory and essential procedures in conducting the elections. Only when those procedures are strictly followed, it could be said that the Democratic way of electing people, has been achieved. If there are any deviations, it should be viewed seriously, as the same cannot get the seal of approval from a Court of Law, automatically.”
This came across the Theos-Talk discussion list. If anyone has information on this, please help clarify these items. :
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SURPRISE SURPRISE – MASSIVE CHANGES IN INTERNATIONAL RULES –
When browsing Internet, was shocked to find the following statement:
> The 70 international Rules changes proposed by the international Rules Committee -- were all adopted by the General Council at its December 2016 meeting.
The process was carried out in greatest secrecy as usual and members were not told what the changes are and explanation why they are needed. All the elected leaders have been unified in their silence and that is remarkable. Even after the changes, members were not told about the changes and why such massive changes are needed. This has happened because of the silenced world wide members. And most members are kept in the dark.
Does this portend great times for shrinking membership?
You be the judge.
If you are concerned, ask your elected officials what is going on and why?
Looks like even the Inner Founders may not be able to help.
Sad sad sad.
Theo Sophia uploaded a file on FaceBook in the Theosophical Network Group
Yesterday at 10:21 AM
ELECTION OF INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY – ON GOING LITIGATION ---
The election of successor to Radha Burnier was marred by allegations and has led to law suit filed in Chennai High Court. Soon after the filing, Theosophical Society challenged the standing of the Plaintiffs and Court ruled that even a single member can challenge the election and the suit is at a stand still for the last five years. Indian Legal system is legendary for its crawling speed.
The law suit and the following judgement are hard to find on Internet. To help everyone interested, attached pdf has the law suit and decision of the court on standing of the plaintiffs. Read and see for yourself what the issues are.
[Long file. Pages 1-19 is the law suit and 20-59 is the judgement on standing of Plaintiffs]
A reader pointed out that only Bro Krishna Phani's membership was cancelled by Indian Section and Bro Rama Chandra Rao is still an active member. Apologies for the error.
M K Ramadoss