Court blow to Kalmadi

Court blow to Kalmadi

Controversial IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi was virtually barred from seeking his re-election as the sports body president as the Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered holding the polls for it strictly under the sports code that bars a person from seeking fourth term in the office.

The National Sports Development Code provides that a person, who has been the president of a sports body for 12 years (one term lasts four years) or has turned 70, will not be able to contest again.

Kalmadi, 68, who had been at the helm of IOA affairs for over 18 years, cannot contest if the sports body follows the code in the election for its office bearers, scheduled to be held in October-November this year.

“The Indian Olympic Association is to hold the elections observing the National Sports Development Code,” said a bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw. The court’s order came on a PIL by lawyer Rahul Mehra, who sought judicial intervention to rid the sports bodies of maladies.

During the hearing, Mehra said the polls for various posts of IOA is likely to be held in October this year and there was every likelihood that administrators like Kalmadi may flout the code to get re-elected.

The court has now fixed the matter for hearing on Oct 15.
On another plea, alleging irregularities in the election for the office bearers of the Athletics Federation of India on April 14, the court asked the sports ministry to take a ‘reasoned’ decision within six weeks after considering the submissions of the lawyer and the AFI.