Delhi HC asks Centre for affidavit on implementation of Sports Ministry's new guidelines

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New Delhi, May 5 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Central Government to produce an affidavit on the implementation of the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which limits the tenure of sports administrators.

In the affidavit, the government has been asked to explain its stand on the implementation of a regulation clause. The court has adjourned the matter till May 19.

The direction has come following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Rahul Mehra, which alleged that National Sports Federations (NSFs) are not run by professionals but by politicians, and added that elections to these bodies are flawed.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to depute senior officials to Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) to resolve the tenure issue.

However, V. P. Singh, counsel for the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), slammed the guidelines issued by the sports ministry saying that it flouted the rules of the Olympic Charter.

"Today, for the first time, the court said that all copies and other documents, affidavits, etc. should be provided to us and we (the court) will respond to those affidavits," said Singh.

"Now, on May 19, we are going to argue that even the policy of the government as framed now is absolutely against the provisions of the Article 19 as well as the Society Registration Act," he added.

On Wednesday, the Indian Olympic Association officials along with a delegation of National Sports Federations met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, over the issue of new tenure regulations and sought his intervention over the same.

Officials have termed the government move as interference in their affairs and even warned that the attempts to erode their autonomy may invite international ban on India.

The new regulations restrict National Sports Federations Presidents from occupying the posts for over 12 years, with or without break.

When it comes to secretaries and treasurers, the regulations allow them to serve eight years at a stretch and to seek a re-election only after a four-year gap. (ANI)

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