The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has moved an utility earlier than the Supreme Court in search of continuation of its current govt committee past its time period because the court-appointed directors are but to border a brand new structure to conduct elections. The four-year time period of the present govt committee, led by Praful Patel, ends subsequent month and the AIFF has introduced that its Annual General Body Meeting might be held on December 21. Under regular circumstances, the elections must be held throughout this AGM with Patel, who has been AIFF president since 2012, ineligible to contest as per the Sports Code.
The Supreme Court in a 2017 order had appointed a Committee of Administrators comprising S Y Qureshi and Bhaskar Ganguli to formulate the structure of the AIFF in consonance with the Sports Code. But with the brand new structure but to be finalised, the AIFF has approached the apex court docket.
“Due to non-finalization of its constitution in terms of order dated 10th November 2017 passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, AIFF is not in a position to conduct the ensuing election, even though the four years term of the Executive Committee ends on 21st December, 2020.
“Therefore, the federation has approached the Hon’ble Supreme Court by way of an utility filed on 21st November, 2020,” said a letter written by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and addressed to the presidents of all the affiliated member units.
In the original order of the SC, the Report of the Ombudsmen (Committee of Administrators) was to be submitted to the top court within eight weeks. But it could not be done.
The administrators filed an application to the SC on February 7, seeking extension of time for submission of the draft constitution of the AIFF.
The AIFF has sought from the SC to “permit the chief committee elected on 21st December, 2016 in its AGM to proceed to carry workplace until a brand new govt committee is shaped pursuant to an election carried out in accordance with the brand new structure …”
“… and/or move such order/orders because the Hon’ble Court might deem match and correct,” it said.
The AIFF said it will wait for the directions of the Supreme Court and will accordingly modify the agenda of the AGM.
Under the Sports Code, the president of a nationwide sports activities federation can maintain workplace for a most three phrases or 12 years.
Patel, a former union minister, served as appearing president for one yr after long-time head Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008. He took over as full-time president in October 2009 earlier than being re-elected for the highest job in December 2012 and 2016.
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