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A L ANTONY (AGM (RETD))     23 September 2018

Maharashtra co-op hsg societies - appointment of legal adviser

Our housing society consists of 266 members. New MC members were elected last year . An agm of the society was held today to pass the audited accounts and to approve some of the forthcoming contracts for repair work. At the appointed time, all the MC members were present, in addition to a Legal Adviser, said to be appointed by the MC. The members objected to his presence in the meeting. When questioned the MC clarified that the Legal Adviser was appointed by them to sort out the legal issues arising out of the agm. Kindly advise me: 1. Whether the MC can appoint a legal adviser to protect the interest of MC, without the approval of agm / sgm since the remuneration exceeds Rs.125000/-. 2. Whether he can be present in the agm without prior intimation to the members. 3. We understand that nobody, other than the regular members, can attend a agm and participate in the deliberations. I shall be grateful for an early advise. Regards. A.L.Antony


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