The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere with the Delhi High Court’s order to form a three-member committee of administrators to manage the affairs of Hockey India until its constitution is amended and the National Sports Code is amended. Accordingly elections are not held.
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and JB Pardiwala asked the Committee on Administration (CoA), headed by former Supreme Court judge AR Dev, to speed up efforts to prepare the draft constitution so that the newly elected executive committee Be able to start your work and make logistical arrangements. The next Men’s Hockey World Cup is scheduled for January 2023 in Bhubaneswar.
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The Supreme Court also took notice of the FIR registered by the CBI against the top officials of Hockey India for alleged corruption.
Apart from Justice Dave, other COA members include former Chief Election Commissioner SY Qureshi and former Indian hockey team captain Zafar Iqbal.
“We find no reason to interfere with the orders of the High Court,” the bench said.
It also asked the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Asian Hockey Federation to cooperate with the COA to harmonize Hockey India’s constitution with the National Playing Code.
During the hearing, senior advocates Mukal Rohatgi and Amit Sibal, appearing for Rajinder Singh, the secretary-general-elect of Hockey India, said that the constitution of the sports body had been amended and the post of life members had been abolished. Is.
Senior advocate Gopal Shankararainan, appearing for former Indian hockey player Aslam Sher Khan, said the High Court’s order is valid and does not require interference.
The Delhi High Court had on May 25 directed the CoA to hold elections to the Hockey India Executive Committee as per the new constitution and hand over the affairs to the newly elected body within 20 weeks.
The High Court’s order came on a petition filed by Aslam Sher Khan and others challenging Narendra Batra’s appointment as a life member of Hockey India.
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