From the issues of Stamps of India Collectors Companion

Part 69, Issue # 158 - March 4, 2004

On January 20, 2003, over a year ago, Manohar Lal, President of Delhi International Stamp Club that is affiliated to the Philatelic Congress of India, wrote to the President, Vice Presidents, Directors, and Secretary General of the International Philatelic Federation (FIP) regarding the ownership of the Grand Prix collection of Dilip Shah of India.

Following is the text of the above letter:
?I wish to bring to your kind notice the details regarding the ownership of the Grand Prix d?Honneur winning collection of Mr. Dilip Shah of India.

I am enclosing a newspaper clipping of the leading national daily of New Delhi, India ? Hindustan Times, where Mr. Shah has admitted that the above collection belongs to his brother, Mr. Dhiraj Shah of Atlanta, USA, and that he had borrowed it from his brother for participating.

I request you to kindly look into this matter, withdraw the awards to Mr. Dilip Shah and restore these to the rightful nominees as an appropriate action under FIP regulations. Furthermore the FIP award List may be amended accordingly and Mr. Dilip Shah be barred from exhibiting in International exhibitions.

I look forward to your early response.?

The text of the newspaper clipping from Hindustan Times, New Delhi, of January 17, 2003 is available at the following link:

The only response Lal received was a letter dated February 12, 2003 from one of the FIP Directors ? Lumir Brendl stating ?I?ll inform the FIP Board meeting on February 22-23, 2003 about this matter and then, I?ll let you know?.

Nothing has been heard from FIP since.

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