The Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday issued notice to the Punjab Badminton Association on a petition challenging the 30-year tenure of Punjab Badminton Association general secretary Rajinder Kalsi.
The court has asked Kalsi, association president A Venu Parsad, Badminton Association of India, the youth and culture ministry and director sports, Punjab, to file a reply on April 4.
The notice has been issued on the petition by international player Sachin Ratti who, based on the RTI information, said the Centre had framed a policy in 2010 according to which the maximum tenure of all association office-bearers was fixed.
The Badminton Association of India in April 2011 had adopted the policy and framed the rules. According to rules, an office-bearer can at best hold the office for eight years (two tenures of four years each).
The petitioner alleged that despite the rules, Kalsi had been holding the office for the past 30 years. The petitioner has sought directions to the Punjab Badminton Association to hold elections to the association.