Experts should be entrusted with the responsibility of their field: Kalyan Choubey

New Delhi, 13 January (IANS). The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the hearing of the petition of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in which it challenged the order of the Delhi High Court in which the court called the 2016 election of Praful Patel as the AIFF president. A violation of Sports Development (2011).

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was arguing on behalf of the Center, gave the Chief Justice S.A. Bobde appealed to defer the hearing in front of the bench so that he can file his reply. The top court will now hear it after two weeks.

Former Indian footballer Kalyan Choubey filed a petition in the Supreme Court last month seeking fresh elections in the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Choubey also said that the tenure of the current executive committee of the AIFF should not be extended and fresh elections should be held soon.

Choubey told IANS that since the government is doing such a good job, he hopes that the Sports Ministry will look into the affairs of the Football Federation in a positive manner.

It may be recalled that the apex court had stayed the November 2016 order of the Delhi High Court.

While scheduling Praful Patel’s election for a third term as AIFF chief, the election itself was a violation of the National Sports Code and the federation was directed to hold fresh elections within a period of five months. The AIFF challenged this order in the Supreme Court.

The apex court also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Qureshi and former Indian football captain Bhaskar Ganguly were appointed as ombudsmen to prepare the AIFF constitution within eight weeks.

Asked what prompted him to go to the top court against the AIFF, Choubey said that someone had to come forward and hence he filed a petition dated December 16, 2020.

He said, someone had to come forward. I had also filed the petition just four-five days before the AIFF elections, which were to be held on December 21, 2020. I was hearing from various sources that the AIFF did not plan to hold elections this time too. By filing a petition in the Supreme Court, urging the postponement of the election date, the federation sought to prolong the tenure of the executive committee. So I thought that someone has to come forward and I should become that person.

Choubey said that apart from demanding early elections, he had also requested the court to allow former footballers to contest the federation without any criteria.

The former goalkeeper said, see, I think people who are experts in their field should be given the responsibility of taking care of that area. If a Farmers Welfare Board is set up, it should represent the farmers. I do not think that such bodies can function properly. Here the Federation has laid down a criterion that you have to be in the Union of States for at least four years to be part of the decision making process, but I don’t see any logic in this.

–IANS

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