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Ensuring Flawless Election At AIFF Will be Top Priority, Says Former CEC SY Quraishi

The AIFF did not expect to find themselves in the troubled waters that they are in as their President Praful Patel was ousted by the Delhi High Court last week, while the country's top legal authority - the Supreme Court – is yet to stay the Delhi High Court verdict that quashed election of the office bearers last week.

Abhimanyu Sen | News18 Sports

Updated:November 10, 2017, 8:44 PM IST
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Ensuring Flawless Election At AIFF Will be Top Priority, Says Former CEC SY Quraishi
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New Delhi: November 2017 was always expected to be an important month in Indian football. After the euphoria of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, domestic football was expected to take a front row seat with the expanded Indian Super League set to launch itself into another season on 17th, and the I-League expected to begin in the last week.

The AIFF did not expect to find themselves in the troubled waters that they are in as their President Praful Patel was ousted by the Delhi High Court last week, while the country's top legal authority - the Supreme Court – is yet to stay the Delhi High Court verdict that quashed election of the office bearers last week.

A three judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said they would pass an order on the plea filed by the AIFF challenging the Delhi HC verdict which set aside the election of Praful Patel as the president of the federation.

The bench noted that like they had already asked BCCI to cooperate in the framing of its constitution, the AIFF can also be asked to frame an amended constitution incorporating the suggestions of the Delhi High Court.

"We can appoint an eminent footballer as ombudsman along with the former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi," the bench said.

The Delhi HC in their order had appointed the former Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi to oversee the functioning of the federation and ensuring the next election is conducted according to the National Sports Code.

Quraishi welcomed the Delhi High Court verdict setting aside the election of Praful Patel and pointed out that this was a good move considering the motive is to cleanse the administration of illegitimate activities. "The need is to have good people and a positive feeling," he added.

Quraishi, who is likely to be aided by a Supreme Court appointed ombudsman – a former footballer, told News18Sports, “My top priority will be to make sure the election which will happen soon is conducted correctly as per the regulations of the National Sports Code.”

He also welcomed the proposed additional help in the form of a former footballer and pointed out that it will only help him do his job well.

The former CEC, also pointed out that, he would not be worried about a ban from FIFA on the AIFF. “This situation is a process of cleansing the system and this a very temporary matter. A legal court’s order is different from third party interference and government interference. We will aim to solve everything at the earliest.”

When asked, Head of FIFA’s Governance and Review Committee Former Justice Mukul Mudgal was unwilling to comment on the matter since it could come under his purview.
SY Quraishi will take over the reins of the AIFF two weeks from the date of the Delhi HC order, which is a window afforded to the federation to ensure a smooth transition.

Before making a plea for a stay on the matter, the AIFF in a statement “AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law.”

The statement, issued after the Delhi High Court’s verdict, had read that the court had directed the AIFF to amend the Constitution to make it compliant with the National Sports Code.

The AIFF in their statement also pointed out that they had approached the court and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that it has followed the election process as prescribed under Sports Code, its constitution as well FIFA and AFC statutes.
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| Edited by: Abhimanyu Sen
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