Deepak Dubey, New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Monday appointed Mahesh Mittal Kumar, former Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, as the returning officer for conducting elections to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). IOA CEO Kalyan Choubey informed Justice Mittal Kumar about his appointment and sought his approval for the role.
sought approval by writing a letter
Choubey wrote in the letter – IOA has to take further steps to conduct the elections to the Executive Committee of WFI and we are pleased to appoint you as the Returning Officer for conducting the elections to the WFI. You will consider employing an assistant returning officer and other staff to assist in the conduct of the election. There is a need to conduct elections at the SGM of WFI convened on 4th July and the schedule for elections will need to be worked out accordingly. We look forward to your confirmation of acceptance and smooth conduct of the WFI elections on 4th July.
A three-member adhoc committee was constituted on 27 April
Sources said that Justice Mittal Kumar himself may decide on the date of the SGM and elections. It is up to them to hold elections on July 4 or a few days after that. On April 27, the IOA had constituted a three-member adhoc committee on the instructions of the Sports Ministry to run the day-to-day affairs of the association. With this the names of two members were announced. Let us tell you that the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar had made several allegations against former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, including sexual harassment.