IOA elections could be challenged in court
New Delhi: Calling on the International Olympic Committee to stop Abhay Singh Chautala and Lalit Bhanot from being part of the IOA’s Electoral College, Clean Sports India (CSI) has told the IOC that given the “anomalies”, the polls could end up being challenged in courts here.
In a letter to IOC Director Pere Miro, CSI, an organisation which is fighting corruption in sports, said there are “certain apparent anomalies” in the polls to be conducted on Sunday.
“This is not a transparent way of genuine nomination process in free and fair election process. Every person in the Electoral College should have the right to contest without fear and in open process.
Chautala and Bhanot have been both barred from contesting polls but they are nonetheless part of the Electoral College and have voting rights. While Chautala is representing the Athletics Federation of India, Bhanot will be representing the Delhi Olympic Association.
“According to amended constitution of IOA, any personcharged with an offense should not contest elections. But the names of Mr Abhay Chautala and Mr Bhanot, who are charged by the courts, are still on the Electoral College,” she pointed out.
“We are given to understand that the Returning Officer has not collected all the nomination forms directly from the contesting candidates or their representatives. It is being alleged that few powerful people collected signed nominations forms from various contesting candidates and handed over them to Returning Officer after adjusting candidates of respective groups,You can also ask some other members of Electoral College whose forms seems have been collected by some people but not reached the Returning Officer,“CSI President Ashiwni Nachappa said in the letter.