Heble seeks IGS’s intervention
The elections to Tiswadi Taluka Chess Association, which were held on March 17, have been challenged by Sandeep Heble, a member of the association, before the Inspector General of Societies (IGS), District Registrar, North Goa.
Heble alleged that during the electoral process, there have been several violations of the constitution and that as such the electoral process be declared as null or void. He pointed out that these were brought to the notice of the presiding officer Nilkhant Signapurkar as well as the president/secretary of the association but that no cognizance was taken.
Heble stated that as per the constitution of the association, elections have to be held 14 days after filing of nominations but that the same were held after only seven days, thus giving an unfair advantage to the founding members. The secretary of the association, Arvind Mhamal was duty bound to circulate the whole list of contesting candidates to the members of the association but he alleged that only a list of candidates belonging to secretary’s panel was circulated.
Heble stressed that though it was decided during the general body meeting that contesting candidates who are government servants must get prior sanctions before being allowed to file their nominations, this decision was not adhered with the results many of them have now been duly elected and are holding elective posts in the association, without having the requisite sanctions from the government, which is a violation of CCS (conduct) Rules.
Heble also alleged that the copy of the constitution was denied to the members and that “the Inspector General’s office which is a quasi-judicial body has been asked to carry out an investigation under the provisions of Rule 20 (A) and take appropriate action.” [H]