The Supreme Court has stayed the order of the Delhi High Court allowing all All India Football federation (AIFF) elected committees to function on a regular basis, a release issued by the federation stated.
This will effectively allow Praful Patel to continue in his role as the AIFF president. The AIFF release stated that the Supreme Court also appointed SY Qureshi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, and a former Indian football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as Ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF constitution within eight weeks.
Earlier, the Delhi High Court had set aside the election of Patel as AIFF president, last year for a four-year term, his third successive tenure.
The court set aside the elections saying they were held without following the National Sports Code. It also directed that fresh elections be conducted within a period of five months.
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Najmi Waziri also appointed Quraishi as an administrator to look into the functioning of the AIFF. The court’s order came on a plea by advocate Rahul Mehra contending that the elections of the federation were held contrary to the National Sports Code.
Patel, former Civil Aviation Minister, was elected for the post in December last year along with the Executive Committee for the term 2017-2020 after the high court had vacated a stay on elections.
One of the greatest goalkeepers that India has produced, Ganguly captained India to the quarter-finals of the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi. He was an East Bengal legend, having represented the club for a decade. He had also played for Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting.