Charanjit Singh Brar, officer on special duty (OSD) to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was reportedly elected president of the Punjab Judo Association (PJA) on Sunday under controversial circumstances.
His rival, former state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa, claimed victory, accusing the Punjab police of trying to intimidate voters so as to influence the poll result.
“It is a matter of great shame that the Punjab government is now even trying to usurp offices of the office-bearers of sports organisations/federations,” Bajwa alleged.
NS Thakur was deputed by the Judo Federation of India and Rupinder Singh by the Punjab State Sports Council as election observers.
Abjinder Singh was elected general secretary of the PJA; Sudesh Agnihotri, Chaman Lal Sharma, Gurpreet Singh, Onkar Singh Nagi and Arvinder Singh Sikand, vice-presidents; and DS Dalie (Sangrur) as legal adviser.