Scrutiny of IOA election nomination papers begin

As the scrutiny of nomination papers for the upcoming Indian Olympics Association (IOA) elections began at the residence of Justice (Retd) VK Bali on Saturday, the candidacy of Randhir Singh, who is standing for the post of president, and K Murugan, set to contest for the secretary general's post, was the focus.

Objections were raised to Murugan filing nomination papers because of the age-cap violation while Randhir faces the heat because of ambiguity regarding the cooling off period. Both objections as per the national sports code — in the case of both Murugan and Randhir — were raised by the Abhay Singh Chautala camp. In a strongly worded letter to the acting IOA chief Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the IOC chief Jacques Rogge and OCA chief Al Sabah, had made it clear that going through with the election process according to the national sports code would mean a violation of Olympic Charter.

On Saturday the three-member election commission — Justice (retd) Anil Dev Singh, Justice (retd) JD Kapoor and Justice Bali, who is the returning officer — went through the nomination papers of candidates to check their validity and also the IOC letter and the Delhi High Court directives. But it remains to be seen, what decision the three-member panel arrives at when they meet again to decide on the objections raised by Chautala aides.

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