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AIFF to wait for detailed judgement on president elections before mulling action

All India Football Federation (AIFF) said it will wait for detailed judgement to decide on a course of action after the Delhi High Court directed that fresh elections be conducted within a period of five months

football Updated: Oct 31, 2017 19:55 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Praful Patel’s election as the AIFF president has been set aside by the Delhi High Court.
Praful Patel’s election as the AIFF president has been set aside by the Delhi High Court. (Getty Images)

All India Football Federation (AIFF) today said it will wait for the detailed judgement to decide its future course of action after its president Praful Patel’s election last year was set aside by the Delhi High Court for not following the National Sports Code.

The HC directed that fresh elections be conducted within a period of five months.

A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri also appointed former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi as an administrator to look into the functioning of the AIFF.

“AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Honourable Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the Honourable High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law,” a statement from the AIFF said.

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“AIFF is aware that earlier today the Honourable High Court of Delhi has pronounced its judgement in the matter which was earlier reserved on 12th May, 2017. AIFF understands that the Honourable court has to make certain corrections, after which the order would be made available to the parties. The Honourable High Court also directed to amend the AIFF Constitution to make it compliant with the National Sports Code,” it added.

The AIFF said that the HC in its order dated December 15 last year had observed that the election ought to be conducted as per the applicable rules of the institution concerned and also in consonance with the National Sports Code and the elections guidelines contained with respect to conduct and eligibility conditions including age, tenure and restrictions.

“That the Honourable Court further vide the same order restrained AIFF from completing its election scheduled for 21st December, 2016. Immediately, AIFF had approached the Honourable High Court and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that AIFF has followed the Election process as prescribed under Sports Code, its Constitution as well FIFA & AFC statutes.

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“AIFF also apprised the Honourable High Court that the Constitution of AIFF is in compliance with the terms of age limit, tenure limit of prime office bearers and one state-one vote policy. Accordingly, the Honourable Court allowed AIFF to proceed with elections vide its order 20th December 2016,” it said.

The AIFF said it conducted its election under the supervision of a retired High Court Judge, who acted as the Returning Officer.

“AIFF is fully compliant with all statutory regulations in terms of the Registrar of Societies Act as well as other notifications and orders of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports also confirmed and verified in the past that that AIFF’s election was in strict compliances with its Constitution and National Sports Code,” the AIFF said.

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“AIFF’s election process is as per the FIFA and AFC statutes as well.”

Patel, a former Union Minister, served as acting president of the AIFF for one year after long-time head Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi suffered a cardiac arrest in 2008. He took over as full time president in October 2009 before being re- elected for the top job in December 2012.

He was re-elected unopposed as AIFF president for his third successive term in December last year.

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 19:54 IST

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