Delhi High Court issues de-recognition threat to AIFF

The Indian FA was the subject of a claim by an eminent sports lawyer citing abnormalities in the federation's election process...
Just a day after renowned sports lawyer Rahul Mehra filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to the Delhi High Court against the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for allegedly violating the government's sport code with regards to the federation's elections, the High Court has directed the governing body for football in India to fall in line with the norms set.

This PIL came up during a hearing on Tuesday which was preceded by a judiciary bench comprising of chief justice D Murugesan and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw. The bench passed an interim order referring to previous orders that the High Court had passed to Mehra's earlier petitions against other sporting federations like the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Archery Association of India (AAI). The bench reportedly directed the sports ministry to look into these allegations against the AIFF and de-recognise them if they are found guilty.

The bench has allegedly drafted a notice to the AIFF and expect their response by January 14, 2013 which is the next date of hearing. However the High Court refused a stay the AIFF elections which are to be held on December 20.

Mehra has alleged that AIFFs electoral process was flawed on the following grounds: 

  1) AIFF's constitution has undemocratic restrictive clause which ought to be deleted.
  2) Electoral college has neither been formed nor declared/published contrary to the mandate of the Sports Code.
  3) Nomination and withdrawal forms do not conform to the model forms provided in the Code

Earlier, the AIFF Executive Committee decided that a retired judge of the Delhi High Court would be appointed as returning officer to supervise the elections at the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM), which will be chaired by incumbent AIFF President Praful Patel. The Executive Eommittee also requested the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to send observers for the elections.

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