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AIFF under code glare

New Delhi: On a day when the All India Football Federation named retired supreme court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly as the head of the one-man commission to decide Mohun Bagan’s I-League fate, a writ petition was filed at the Delhi High Court saying the federation elections on December 20 would be held in violation of the sports code.

The petition, filed by Rahul Mehra, an expert in sports law, has urged the court to stop the elections as it violates government sports code on several grounds including the election of the president. The sports ministry had already withdrawn the recognition of archery association and boxing federation for violating the sports code. As per the sports code, one would need only one proposer and one seconder to file his candidature for the post of president in any national sports federation (NSF) election. The AIFF constitution, however, makes it mandatory to have at least five proposers to contest for the top post.

While Mehra alleged the AIFF elections were “dictatorial and restrictive”, general secretary Kushal Das said it was held according to the code. “Our lawyer would argue the case accordingly when it would come up for hearing on Tuesday.” .