Delhi High Court set aside the election of Praful Patel as the president of All India Football Federation's (AIFF) as the elections were not conducted as per National Sports Code.
Delhi High Court set aside the election of Praful Patel as the president of All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) as the elections were not conducted as per National Sports Code, reported ANI. The HC has even called for a fresh election within five months. The court’s order comes three days after the completion of the Under-17 World Cup. It was the first ever FIFA event in India, which saw record attendance figures. In the meantime, former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi has been appointed as the AIFF administrator. The judgment was passed by the two-judge bench comprising of Rahul Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice Najmi Waziri, according to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by sports activist Rahul Mehra, reported Indian Express.
Earlier, in December 2016, Patel was unanimously elected as the president of AIFF in the Annual General Meeting. Notably, the Indian Express quoted a statement of the Indian football body released at that time which said,”The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi modified the order dated December 15, 2016, and vacated the stay order granted against the election process of All India Football Federation.”
Patel became the AIFF president in place of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi in 2009, according to ESPN. The latter had given the control of the federation to Praful Patel, who was one of the vice presidents at that time. Patel has held important positions in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA. He also steered India’s successful hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which ended on Saturday.