The first days scrutiny of CAB nominations today threw up three presidential candidates for state association after Panjas nomination was found valid by special observer S K Phouzdar.
Former High Court Judge and court appointed election observer to the CAB polls S K Phouzdar during the five and half hours long scrutiny found Panjas nomination valid for post of president.
Talking to the media after the scrutiny, Dalmiya said, ''Mr Ajit Panjas nomination was found valid. He is the representative of High Court Club and is a candidate for the Presidents post.'' ''Its up to him whether he wants to contest or withdraw in anyones favour. In all probability he will, but as of now he is a candidate for the presidents post,'' he said.
This swells the number to three with Dalmiya and Prasun Mukherjee already contesting for the post.
Dalmiya said, ''I took permission from Mr Phouzdar for speaking to you and in that limited brief that I have promised to him, I can say that five votes are being put under scanner.'' Asked if two of them have been rejected, he said, ''I cant comment on that officially. You will get the list after five tomorrow. But yes they are in the process.'' This year's CAB election could witness an acrimonious battle between two factions led by incumbent CAB president Dalmiya and his challenger city Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee who leads the rival faction.
However, after the first day's scrutiny Dalmiya seems to go 5-0 up as all the nominations that have come under question are supposedly pledged to the rival faction.
The papers were scrutined by court appointed neutral observer and former high court judge S K Fouzdar in presence of the two leaders from the two factions and a battery of lawyers waiting outside to lend their expertise in case of a dispute.
The marathon 5-hour scrutiny began at 1200 noon with several representatives, including the likes of Snehashis Ganguly and Raja Venkat, shuffling in and out in a huff.
However, it has been learnt at the end of the scrutiny that Bata and Rangers clubs' nominations were cancelled. While the former was cancelled due to faulty representation, the latter was rejected for incomplete papers.
The three other nominations that were put under scanner belonged to Ballygunje Sporting club, Victoria club and Narkeldanga Sir Gurudas sporting club. Representatives of all these clubs have been summoned tomorrow at 1300 hrs PM for further scrutiny.
While, Ballygunj Sporting club's nomination was challenged by a legal notice sent by club president Alok Ganguly as the representation was sent without his authorisation, Narkeldanga Sir Gurudas Institute's Anu Dutta's nomination was challenged as it did not have the general secretary's endorsement.
Incidentally, Ballygunje is being represented by the rival group's joint secretary candidate Raja Venkat. The third club that has been summoned tomorrow is Victoria Sporting. It had apparently filed on a duplicate name with one name wiped out with white ink and another name superimposed.
So it seems that Dalmiya is ahead after the first round of the battle, though the war is still on.