In a fresh twist to their internal wrangling, All India Chess Federation joint-secretary Atanu Lahiri on Saturday sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging “data theft, corruption and misuse of funds” by secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan.

The move comes less than a month after the AICF secretary had come to Kolkata to give official recognition to ‘Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha’ (SBDS) as the apex body in Bengal, sidelining the Bengal Chess Association which is backed by International Master Lahiri.

The SBDS is backed by city-based Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, with whom Lahiri has been at loggerheads since 2019 when the veteran GM had levelled various charges including “misappropriation of funds” against him.

In his five-page letter to the Prime Minister, Lahiri has alleged that Chauhan had signed a “secret agreement” with Thought Roots India Private Ltd to share “all the data and…

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