The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s order of setting aside the elections of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the All India Football Federations (AIFF). Earlier, the AIFF had approached the apex court and sought a stay on the Delhi High Court’s October 31st order. As per the order, the High Court had set aside the election of Praful Patel as the president of the governing body of football in India. The court also had called for the fresh elections of AIFF and had also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as the administrator of the governing body.
The court had given a deadline of five months to complete the election process, asserting that National Sports Code was not followed during previous elections.
Following the verdict, the AIFF had said in a statement, “AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law.”
The AIFF statement, which was issued hours after the Delhi High Court’s decision, had read that the court has directed to amend the AIFF Constitution to make it compliant with the National Sports Code.
The statement had also informed that the AIFF had approached the court and filed a detailed affidavit to bring on record that it has followed the election process as prescribed under Sports Code, its constitution as well FIFA and AFC statutes.
Praful Patel has been the president of India’s association football governing body AIFF since 2012. In December 2016, he was re-elected unopposed as the president for the third time.
The 2016 elections were made after the lower court vacated a stay on the elections of the national sports body for alleged non-adherence to the Sports Code.