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Batra challenges move for IHF elections

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May 03, 2005 20:19 IST

A day after the Indian Hockey Federation sent a notice for its Annual General Meeting and election to the post of president and other office-bearers on May 23, IHF senior vice-president Narender Batra challenged the move to advance the meeting.

Batra, who had moved the court on Monday, charging president K P S Gill with financial irregularities and running the IHF in an autocratic manner, filed an additional affidavit in the Delhi high court on Tuesday requesting that the court disallows Gill and IHF secretary K Jothikumaran from participating in the elections.

Batra submitted that after filing of his writ petition he was served with certain documents, at 4 pm on Monday, about holding the AGM for election of office-bearers, and the minutes of the earlier meeting had been changed.

He urged the court to pass an order that the IHF is "not entitled to hold any election to the post of senior vice-president, which is being occupied by the petitioner, having been elected in the year 2002 and whose term is going to expire on January 28, 2006".

The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday. The power struggle in the IHF reached the court on Monday with Batra filing a writ petition against Gill and Jothikumaran.

Batra, who has vowed to unseat Gill from the post, alleged in his petition that the former Punjab Police Director General committed financial irregularities and demanded that he and Jothikumaran should not be allowed to contest IHF's next elections.

Batra alleged that the two are continuing in office for a third term against government guidelines, which say that no office-bearer can have more than two terms or maximum of eight years in office.

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