BCA members wake up and ask Lahiri to show the cause

KOLKATA: The rope seems to be tight Bengal Chess Association ( BCA Secretary Atanu Lahiri . Days after the great teacher Dibyendu Barua leveled serious charges against Lahiri and Indian Chess Federation (AICF) decided to initiate a probe, fellow- BCA officials raised their voice against their secretary for the first time.

In doing so, however, they were dimly lit when they confessed to having been part of Lahiri's misdeeds over the years.

All those present at Tuesday's press conference said that they were 'scared' of Lahiri, who was compared to French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte by BCA working president Srenik Sett.

So scared were they that all resolutions - including that of selecting NRI Saikat Basu as president despite the BCA constitution stating that post is an 'elected' one - were passed without a single objection.

With Lahiri in China as coach of Indian team at the World cadet meet, the BCA officials gathered 'courage' to hold an emergency meeting on Saturday. On Monday, they served Lahiri a notice asking him to show cause as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. IM Lahiri has 21 days to reply.

The officials also decided to form a two-member disciplinary committee to discuss the matter, and all of Lahiri's executive powers will cease to exist.

A three-member interim committee was also formed to carry out the election of the association's executive committee within three months.

The BCA has also written to AICF pointing out cases and instances where Lahiri ignored others in taking decisions. Among them was a policy decision by Lahiri to ban GMs Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Deep Sengupta from BCA events, which was slammed by AICF. The BCA executive committee has sent an apology letter to the two GMs.

Echoing what Barua said a week ago, officials alleged that Lahiri used to run the association according to his own desire. In case someone questioned or raised his voice against him, Lahiri used to sanction him or suspend him.

The officials said they were totally ignorant of the fact that Lahiri was channelizing government grant for developing chess among tribals through a private company of which he himself is a partner. The BCA took a serious view of the matter and felt it was a case of conflict of interest.