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HC asks Kalmadi to step down as IOA chief

india Updated: Mar 22, 2012 00:27 IST
Harish V Nair

The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the former Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, who is facing trial in graft cases, to either quit as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president or get sacked after a court direction.

"We would like to know whether Suresh Kalmadi exits gracefully or the court will issue show-cause notice to him as to why he should not be discontinued as president of IOA," the Bench of acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice RS Endlaw said.

"As per the guidelines, he (Suresh Kalmadi) is not eligible to be a president of IOA. He is not eligible to hold the post, so why should he want to continue as president," the court asked.

On March 8, the last date of hearing, the Bench had expressed shock that persons being tried for corruption continued to run sports associations.

The judges have asked the Centre and IOA to come up with a concrete mechanism to remove them saying, "We will not allow these things to continue."

A similar warning was also issued to two other IOA officials, Lalit Bhanot and VK Verma, who are also facing trial in CWG-related graft cases.

The court's warning came in the form of notices to them on a plea by advocate Rahul Mehra, who has alleged that Kalmadi and others have violated the National Sports Development Code of India as their terms are over and were likely to contest the elections in October this year.

Kalmadi and others have been asked to reply on or before April 25.