‘Quit as IOA chief, or explain why not’
“Kalmadi should, at the first instance, take a call whether he would still like to continue or gracefully quit the post,” said a Bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, also noting that if he chose not to quit, he should be filing a reply to the court within two weeks’ time, explaining his reasons.
While passing the order, the court relied on Kalmadi’s January 3, 2012 letter, which he wrote while in Tihar Jail, to IOA’s “acting president” V K Malhotra that since he had been “implicated in false cases”, he would not be able to look after the association.
“Under these circumstances, I want to inform you that as mine is going to be a prolonged absence, I will not be taking part in the IOA activities for a long time,” Kalmadi had written, underlining that though he would not be involved in the day-to-day affairs, he was very much part of the administration.
Citing this letter and also the National Sports Code, which has limited the tenure of the office-bearers of sports bodies, Rahul Mehra, the petitioner, contended that in a situation wherein Kalmadi is
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