PCI meeting marred by scuffle

 A scuffle broke out between the rival factions of the Paralympic Committee of India during its Annual General Meeting here on Friday.

The AGM was indefinitely postponed after PCI president Sultan Ahmed informed the members that a petition had been filed in a Bangalore court against holding any meeting.
Secretary Paralympic Committee of Haryana, Giriraj Singh, and Shivajee Kumar of Bihar unit protested against the body’s decision to defer the meeting and created a ruckus.

A PCI official said that Giriraj had allegedly brought bouncers who manhandled JP Singh, the head of the UP Paralympic Committee. “He was beaten up by the bouncers brought by Giriraj. Thankfully, he is not seriously injured,” Nitin Arya, secretary of the UP body, said.
Ahmed had received a notice from the lawyers of PCI general-secretary Rathan Singh late on Thursday night against what they termed were unlawful meetings.

“The House unanimously agreed that since the suit/case has been instituted and the members being unaware of the orders (if any) passed by the concerned court, they do not want to take any chances on the notice issued by the lawyer conveying the above referred matter,” the PCI said.

“Since the matter is sub judice, the meeting should not be conducted and to be kept in abeyance till the actual facts are being ascertained,” the statement said, adding that a committee comprising Satyanarayana, David Premnath and a lawyer, had been formed to look into the matter.

The PCI was reportedly unhappy with Rathan Singh and on February 27, had appointed Satyanarayana as the secretary-in-charge. A miffed Rathan Singh had filed a civil suite in a Bangalore court against the body.

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