Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, set aside the election of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel as it violated the National Sports Code. The court order also called for fresh elections within five months.
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Dr SY Quraishi has been appointed as the makeshift administrator of AIFF.
Sports activist Rahul Mehra had filed a PIL with the Delhi High Court last year in which he exposed the apex body as to how they disregarded several provisions of Sports Code during the electoral process.
Goa Football Association President Elvis Gomes took to Twitter to thank Rahul Mehra for his efforts. The Goa FA has been at crossroads with the AIFF regarding electoral and administrative issues.
Thanks Rahulji for your relentless fight to cleanse sports bodies. Goa FA was kept out as they wanted yes men. We stand vindicated https://t.co/GEpphqRVqa— Elvis Gomes (@ielvisgomes) October 31, 2017
The AIFF has stated that they are not aware of the reasons for the court order.
"AIFF understands that the Hon’ble court has to make certain corrections, after which the order would be made available to the parties. AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the Hon’ble High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law," stated AIFF.
Praful Patel was re-elected into his office for a third consecutive time in December 2016 in AIFF Annual General Meeting.
Patel, who is a Member of Parliament and a former Minister of Civil Aviation & Heavy Industries, had been serving as president of the nation's football governing body since 2008.
He began as an acting president in 2008 and then took over as full-time president in October 2009 before earning a second stint with the top job in December 2012.