The Madras High Court has restrained Hiranmoy Chatterjee from functioning as the All India Tennis Association's (AITA) Chief Executive Officer.
The June 17 order came on a petition filed by S Viswanathan, president of the Tiruchirapalli District Tennis Association, which brought to the fore signs of cracks within the federation.
Viswanathan had contended that the post of CEO was not provided in the constitution of the AITA. The Madurai bench of the high court issued notice to the AITA, its president, Anil Khanna and others, seeking response in a month.
Chatterjee said the AITA would contest the interim injunction once it received the court papers. Although there was a provision for arbitration, the petitioner did not approach the national body, he told HT.
He said it was not practical to have a constitutional provision for every post. "We have so many posts in AITA. Does it mean every post has to be recorded in the constitution? The managing committee, comprising the president, secretary and treasurer, is empowered to appoint staff as and when required. That is good enough."
"We can't do much if someone wants to keep filing such petitions," Chatterjee said.