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The Supreme Court has removed All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel. Not only this, the Supreme Court retired Supreme Court judge Anil R. Dave, former Election Commissioner Dr. SF Qureshi and former Indian captain Bhaskar Ganguly have been given the administrative charge of the federation to the COA. Now till the new elections are held, this committee will conduct football activities in the country.
The orders were passed by Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Suryakant and Justice PS Narasimha while hearing this pending matter on the plea of Delhi Football Club on Wednesday.
Former Indian captain Bhaskar Ganguly.
Former captain Ganguly had appealed
Last week, former India captain Bhaskar Ganguly appealed to the Supreme Court to recognize the constitution prepared by his panel. Also, the court should direct the AIFF to conduct elections under its supervision. He is a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).
COA was formed in 2017
The COA was constituted by the apex court in 2017 by order, in which former chief election commissioners Qureshi and Ganguly were entrusted with the responsibility of drafting the constitution of the AIFF in accordance with the National Sports Code.
Prafulla’s tenure is over
The elections to the Football Federation of India were to be held in December 2020, but the federation did not hold the elections citing a case pending in the Supreme Court regarding its constitution. Praful Patel completed his three terms and 12 years as AIFF president in December 2020, which is the maximum for a president of a national sports federation under the Sports Code.