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National Shooting Elections Run Into Trouble After Conflict Of Interest Cited By Presidential Candidate

The sports ministry also wants a fresh election process; Raninder Singh is seeking a fourth term in NRAI.

National Shooting Elections Run Into Trouble After Conflict Of Interest Cited By Presidential Candidate
Raninder Singh is the incumbent president of NRAI and is seeking a re-election. | File photo
National Shooting Elections Run Into Trouble After Conflict Of Interest Cited By Presidential Candidate
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2021-09-17T13:35:41+05:30

Just a day before the National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) elections in Mohali, the Sports Ministry has directed the shooting body to initiate the process afresh after presidential candidate Shyam Singh Yadav cited ‘perceptible conflict of interest’ in the appointment of the Returning Officer for the polls. (Other Sports News)

The NRAI will, however, go ahead with the elections on Saturday as the matter is pending before the Delhi High Court with the next date of hearing in December. Incumbent president Raninder Singh is seeking re-election and is being challenged by Yadav.

In view of the ministry order, the elections are set to be declared null and void. Acting on a petition filed by Uttar Pradesh State Rifle Association president Yadav, the ministry ordered that the returning officer should be changed to ensure that the national sports code, 2011, is not violated.

Yadav is a BSP Lok Sabha MP from UP's Jaunpur constituency while Singh, serving his third term in the top job, is the son of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The returning officer for the polls is Justice (retd) Mehtab Singh Gill, whose appointment, the petitioner alleged, was not done in a fair manner.

“… It has also been contended by the petitioner that the returning officer was appointed as the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVC) of the state of Punjab under Punjab state Vigilance Commission act;

“....and that name for the said post has been recommended by a three-member committee headed by a close relative of the current president of NRAI," the ministry said in the letter which is in possession of PTI. “A perceptible conflict of interest arising out of imputed personal and professional relations among the RO and the concerned stakeholders has been drawn by the petitioner...

“Therefore, NRAI is directed to appoint a new Returning Officer and initiate fresh election process for conducting elections to its Governing Body in a fair, objective and transparent manner by adhering to the provisions of National Sports Development Code of India, 2011,” the letter added.

The ministry also looked into the objections raised by Yadav regarding Singh’s tenure but found the incumbent to have a legitimate claim at re-election. As per the sports code, "the president of any recognised NSF, including the IOA, can hold the office for a maximum period of 12 years, with or without break.”

Going by the technicalities, Singh remains a valid candidate as he will complete 12 years in the post at the end of 2022. “The petitioner has raised the issue of the current president of NRAI seeking his re-election as president for the fourth term and whereas this ministry letter No. 52-66/2009 SP-I (Vol.II) dated 30.10.2017 provides that he is serving his third term as president of NRAI for 2017-2021,” the ministry noted.

Singh had previously defeated Yadav for the president's post in the NRAI's 2010 and 2017 elections.

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