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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, April 02, 2013
The first meeting of the Working Group for re-drafting the National Sports Development Bill saw high drama with one of the members walking out, objecting to the presence of sports secretary PK Deb. Lawyer Rahul Mehra staged a token walk out in protest against PK Deb, alleging that he had failed to implement the Sports Code with regard to Archery and Athletics federations.

Mehra, however, joined the meeting again soon after Deb left after briefing the members on the draft model rules to be framed under the bill.

Mehra felt that Deb had no "moral right" to brief the members since he has himself not implemented the Sports Code.

The 12-member committee, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal and which also has ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and hockey player Viren Rasquinha as its members, was unanimous on age and tenure restrictions.

Hockey India secretary general, Narinder Batra, who represents the National Sports Federations is said to have also agreed to the age and tenure restrictions for office-bearers.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 11.