AIFF Election Row: Supreme Court rejects stay in Delhi High Court decision

The Delhi High Court had set aside the election of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel and other office bearers...

The Supreme Court of India on Friday rejected AIFF's plea to bring a stay order on Delhi High Court's decision on the AIFF elections. The Delhi High Court on October 31st had set aside the election of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel as it violated the National Sports Code. 

The Hight Court also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi as the makeshift administrator of AIFF and ordered that new elections had to be conducted within five months.

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The AIFF had approached the apex court to bring a stay on the Delhi High Court orders but to their disappointment, their plea was rejected. In all possibility, fresh elections will take place.

A PIL was filed by sports activist Rahul Mehra last year after the elections of the AIFF. Praful Patel was re-elected to his office for the third time in a row. Mehra claimed that the Indian FA had disregarded several provisions of Sports Code during the electoral process.

Praful Patel AIFF President

Speaking to Goal earlier, Mehra had said, "There were numerous violations in Praful Patel's election. They not only did not follow the sports code but their constitution itself had restricted clauses. The court had more or less agreed with and upheld almost all of my arguments concerning the violation of the code, the constitutional provisions being restricted and there were variants between the constitution of the AIFF and the code. They were trying to come out with the argument that they are following FIFA guidelines and that they are not bound by the code as was rejected in the earlier matters also."

"My argument was that the election was a farce. It was not democratically held. It was basically a diktat from the top that these are the people that we have chosen and you have to make have to make sure that they are selected unanimously. That mail had been circulated to all the executive and various members of the state associations. Therefore, it is just a hoax and not an election."