The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice on Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi's appeal challenging a Delhi high court order asking the former CWG organising committee chairman to quit the IOA post or get sacked.
A bench headed by Justice HL Dattu sought the response of advocate Rahul Mehra on whose petition the HC had on March 25 issued the direction. Kalmadi is facing trial in CWG related graft cases. Mehra has sought Kalmadi’s removal on the ground that rules do not permit him to hold the IOA president post.
“We would like to know whether Kalmadi exits gracefully or court will issue show cause notice to him as to why he should not be discontinued as president of IOA,” a bench of acting chief justice AK Sikri and justice RS Endlaw had said. It gave time till April 25 to Kalmadi for his response.
IOA has claimed that Kalmadi has already written a letter to the organisation that he would not interfere with the affairs of the sports body as he has been facing trial in CWG-related corruption cases.
The HC has asked the Centre and the IOA to come up with a concrete mechanism to remove them saying, “we will not allow these things to continue”.
Similar warnings were also issued to two other IOA officials, Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma, who too are facing trial in the CWG-related graft cases.
In his petition, Mehra alleged Kalmadi and other IOA officials violated the National Sports Development Code as their terms are over and they were likely to contest the election due in October this year.
Contending Kalmadi wasn’t eligible to contest elections for the post of IOA president as he had been holding it for over 18 years, Mehra said the sports ministry’s guidelines mandated a person to continue as IOA president only up to 12 years and barred him from contesting the election for more than three times.