In a setback for the National Rifle Association of India, the Delhi HC on Monday declared the March 4 elections, for electing four representatives from life members, and the April 6 NRAI polls as null and void.
Athens Olympic silver medallist RVS Rathore had challenged the procedure adopted by the NRAI for their elections on April 6. Rathore had claimed that he was a prospective candidate for the elections, but his candidature was denied after the NRAIgeneral house passed a resolution authorising president Raninder Singh to nominate four representatives from the life members of his choice, who would have the right to vote and contest in the April 6 elections, on March 4.
As Raninder would allegedly nominate those representatives who would act according to his wishes, and Rathore was going to challenge him in the elections, he did not nominate him.
“It (the election procedure) was stage managed...as per the NRAI constitution, the returning officer should be from outside NRAI, while Raninder, who was made returning officer, is himself the NRAI president,” he added.