The Delhi High Court in an interim order has stayed the elections of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation office-bearers. The second round of the AKFI elections were scheduled for September 1, Sunday.
Justice Sanjiv Sachdeva has passed the order on the petition of former kabaddi player from Tamil Nadu, AC Thangavel.
The case is now listed for September 17. The court has also issued notices to the Ministry of Sports and the AKFI to submit their response to the petition before the next date of hearing.
The petitioner, represented by noted sports lawyer Rahul Mehra, has challenged AKFI’s election notification of August 7, an August 16 order that published the electoral roll and the August 17 order that had dismissed his objections without assigning any reasons.
The petitioner in his plea has alleged that the AKFI election process violated the National Sports Code of India (2011) as the electoral roll included the unqualified members.
“The sports Code requires sports bodies to be democratically governed by ensuring that its governing body is representative and not a mere perpetuation of a particular person or set of persons,” the plea said.
“However, the Federation, by holding elections with an electoral college comprising of various persons who are holding office in member state federations contrary to the mandate of the Sports Code beyond the maximum prescribed tenure and age, is permitting and perpetuating the violation of the Sports Code,” it added.
The petitioner has also alleged that the Delhi High Court-appointed administrator SP Garg too has ignored the non-compliance of the sports code by the State associations and their representatives figure in the electoral list.
Garg was given the AKFI charge last year after the court had quashed the appointment of the then AKFI president Mridula Bhaduria for running the federation in an undemocratic and illegal manner.
Mridula’s husband Janardan Singh Gehlot, who had assured the control of his family on the apex governing body for kabaddi for over three decades, was also removed from the office of the AKFI life president.
Gehlot’s son Tejasvi Gehlot, incumbent acting general secretary of the AKFI, is one of two nominees for the president’s post. Ghelot’s wife Mridula was elected to the post in the 2013 and 2017 elections. However, her election for the second term was quashed by the court.