Counsel for the RCA Prateek Kasliwal said that former IAS officer Ram Lubhaya had resigned from the post of returning officer on October 27 and former chief election commissioner Sunil Arora has been appointed in his place to conduct the elections on November 11. Sunil Arora also gave its acceptance and consent on November 16. So, the grievance of the petitioners has been addressed and therefore the petition has become infructuous.
The petitioners had challenged the appointment of Lubhaya as returning officer to conduct elections on the ground that he was heading a high power committee constituted by the present state government and since the chief minister’s son is a candidate for the post of the president there is the apprehension of bias towards him.
Abhinav Sharma appeared on behalf of the petitioners in the court of Justice Indrajit Singh. The court gave the liberty to the petitioners to approach the court in case of any violation of rules during the elections.
A total of eight petitioners including four District Cricket Associations- Dausa, Ganganagar, Nagaur, Alwar- and their four secretaries challenged the elections under Lubhaya. The entire process of election will start afresh under the supervision of former chief election commissioner of India, Sunil Arora. Now, RCA could announce the election schedule by calling a meeting on Wednesday, according to sources.
It is believed that the election process will be completed in the month of December itself. As per the rules, a period of 21 days has to be given for the notice.