Delhi High Court Orders Fresh AIFF Elections, Praful Patel Asked to Step Aside
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday called for a fresh election of the office bearers of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), within five months, setting aside the election of Praful Patel as the body's president.
File photo of AIFF President Praful Patel. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday called for a fresh election of the office bearers of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), within five months, setting aside the election of Praful Patel as the body's president.
The HC also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi the administrator of the AIFF. The court observed that the AIFF elections were conducted without adhering to the National Sports Code and thus the need to conduct fresh elections.
The AIFF was recently applauded for successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup by the global body. The tournament witnessed record attendance and was organised without any hiccups.
The AIFF in a statement said that it had approached the High Court in December last year and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that its election process was held under Sports Code, its constitution, as well FIFA & AFC statutes.
The statement further mentioned that the board had also apprised the High Court that the constitution of AIFF is in compliance with the terms of age limit, tenure limit of prime office bearers and one state-one vote policy and that the court had allowed AIFF to proceed with elections vide its order 20th December, 2016.
It further said that the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also confirmed and verified in the past that AIFF’s election was in strict compliances with its constitution and National Sports Code and said that the board was not aware of the reasons behind the Delhi High Court's order of ordering fresh elections.
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