Free Kerala Chess from Corruption and Nepotism

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Shri.Rajesh, Secretary of Chess Association Kerala, with a view to control the elections to the state body which are due in May/June 2017 has disaffiliated 6 district Associations and appointed ad-hoc committees with persons hand-picked by him.  The four year period that Sri.Rajesh has been at the helm of affairs of Chess Association Kerala has seen his business interests prospering and the game of chess facing a decline.

The community of chess players in the state has suffered immensely due to his actions.  Players including former state champions have received a raw deal from him.  He has not even spared young children and have issued show cause notices to even a 11 year old child who has performed exceedingly well in competitions within and outside the state.

The Secretary himself participated in National Rapid Chess Tournament overlooking selected players. He also overlooked selected players to send a lower ranked player from his academy to a National competition.

The allotment of tournaments shows a clear case of conflict of interest with the Secretary misusing his official position to allot convenient dates and lion's share of tournaments to academies controlled by him and his wife. Even the grants(TA/DA) for players selected to represent the state in national tournaments are denied to them.

I joined this movement by accident. My son being a player, I got exposed to the attitude of the Secretary who expects players including State Champions to bow before him and his diktats. It was indeed disgusting to see an official treating masters of the game like his slaves. Being part of a noble profession whose members were an integral part of the freedom movement of the country, it was only natural for me to lend my voice to a struggle against oppression and corruption by an official.

The Secretary has now threatened the players including 5-time and 6-time state champions with disciplinary actions for speaking against him.

We need your support to save Kerala Chess from corruption and nepotism.

We request the Hon'ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, the Hon'ble Minister for Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of Kerala,  Hon. Secretary, All India Chess federation and President, Kerala State Sports Council to take action against Sri.Rajesh, Secretary, Chess Association Kerala for corruption and malpractices during his 4 year period and to ensure a Chess Administration free of corruption and nepotism.

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