Bengal Chess Association poll process gets rolling | Chess News

KOLKATA: In a positive step, the election process for a new body at controversy-ridden Bengal Chess Association (BCA) got rolling with notification for the same being released.

The Calcutta High Court recently directed the association to hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on January 25 and according to the notification, the last date of filling of nominations will be January 20 with provision of withdrawal the next day.

The district associations have been asked to clear all outstanding affiliation fees by January 15 to be eligible to submit nominations.

An intriguing fight is expected as ‘sacked’ secretary Atanu Lahiri is learnt to be putting up a panel against those who are now running the association as an ad hoc committee.

It will be a battle on two fronts for Lahiri, as recently the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has appointed former Calcutta High Court Chief Justice (retd) Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya to probe corruption allegations against BCA officials, mainly Lahiri.

While the BCA ad hoc panel welcomed the move, Lahiri denied any such decision was taken in the AICF general body meeting in Bhopal on December 28. “We welcome this decision and will fully cooperate for the truth to be established,” BCA vice-president Sayan Mukherji said.

However, Lahiri blasted the move. “No such decision was taken in the meeting,” he said. “The faction supporting AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan hijacked the meeting that day and passed some resolutions without the president’s consent. I will let everyone know the truth if anybody calls me for any such probe,” he added.

The AICF matter is still pending in Madras High Court and it was learnt that president PR Venketrama Raja’s faction will take legal steps to stall the proposed election of the national body on February 9, which was called by the rival group.

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