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Delhi Chess Association disqualified from voting in AICF polls

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By IANS Updated: Feb 25, 2024 4:56 pm
Delhi Chess Association disqualified from voting in AICF polls

CHENNAI Much to the surprise of many, the Delhi Chess Association (DCA) does not feature in the electoral college that will choose the new office-bearers of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) on March 10.

Reacting to the development, DCA President Bharat Singh Chauhan told IANS: “We will be approaching the court on Monday. We have also written to the two Returning Officers appointed to conduct the AICF elections.”

Out of the 33 state and Union Territory affiliates of AICF, Federation President Sanjay Kapoor on Saturday published the electoral college, omitting the DCA and Madhya Pradesh.

As there is only an ad-hoc body overseeing the Madhya Pradesh chess affairs, it does not have voting rights.

According to Chauhan, omission of DCA from the electoral college is deliberate and malafide.

In a letter to the two poll Returning Officers – Justice G.S Sistani (retd), and Justice Rang Nath Pandey (retd) – and the AICF, Chauhan said, in accordance with National Sports Development Code 2011 and in terms of the AICF Election Notification dated February 11, 2024, the DCA duly submitted the names of the delegates to vote in the upcoming elections.

“There has been no suspension/termination/discontinuation of the affiliation status of DCA with AICF and yet our Association’s submissions for Form-1 have not been included,” he said in his letter and requested amendment to the electoral college. The DCA had nominated its Vice President Ram Pratap Singh and Joint Secretary Dharmender to attend and vote at the AICF General Body meeting scheduled on March 10 in Delhi.

As an International Master (IM), speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the “DCA might have been disqualified from voting as it did not conduct elections for the past several years, which is a violation of the National Sports Development Code, 2011”, Chauhan said: “Elections were duly held on June 19, 2022 and office bearers were elected to hold office for 2022-2026.”

Curiously, in September 2023, the AICF had informed the Central government that only a few state associations follow the National Sports Development Code, 2011.

It has to be seen how the two Returning Officers satisfy themselves as to how the other state and Union Territory affiliates of AICF qualify under the National Sports Development Code, 2011 and the validity of their nominations to attend and vote at the March 10 in the General Body meeting.

The Delhi High Court on February 22, hearing the Devbhoomi Chess Association versus All India Chess Federation (AICF) matter, said: “UOI (Union of India/Government of India) has not filed any reply/affidavit in terms of the directions contained in para 6 of the order dated February 14, 2024.

Last opportunity is granted to file the same on or before February 28, 2024, failing which the concerned Joint Secretary shall remain personally present in court on the next date of hearing.”

The court also told the government that its reply/affidavit to be filed must address, in addition to other relevant aspects, the following: “(i) Whether or not the constitution of the respondent no.1 (AICF) is in compliance with the National Sports Federation of India and the judgment dated August 16, 2022 in W.P. (C)195/2010 particularly keeping in mind the prescription in the constitution of the respondent no.1 (AICF) regarding the strength of the Executive Council (EC) and the number of office bearers (Article – 7(o), 13 and 16)”,

“(ii) The institutional mechanism put in place in compliance of the aforesaid judgement dated August 16, 2022, to ensure that whenever elections are held for electing EC (Executive Council) of National Sports Federations, including the Respondent No. 1 (AICF), 25 per cent representation of sports person is ensured not only in the EC but also in the general body of the federation”,

“(iii) The institutional mechanism put in place in compliance with the judgment dated February 10, 2023 in W.P.(C) 8915/2019, titled as K.P. Rao vs. Union of India & Ors, to ensure that the State Associations/ District Associations are in compliance with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011, and the requirements prescribed in the aforesaid judgement dated 16.8.2022.”

The court also ordered Devbhoomi Chess Association, the petitioner in the case to file an affidavit bringing out as to whether it is itself in compliance with the requirements of National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 and the judgment dated August 16, 2022, passed in W.P.(C) 195/2010.

“Let the same be at least 2 days before the next date of hearing,” it said.

The AICF has included the two representatives of the Devbhoomi Chess Association in its electoral college with the rider that their voting is subject to the Delhi High Court’s order.

The electoral college of the AICF has a good number of new faces, and it is they who will elect the new AICF office bearers. Given this situation, the AICF affairs will be managed by several new faces, said the IM.

(Venkatachari Jagannathan can be reached at v.jagannathan@ians.in)

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