Follow code, HC tells AIFF

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to follow the sports code of the government of India for its elections, scheduled for Thursday.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also issued notice to the AIFF and sought its response by Jan 14, the next date of hearing.

The court said the association has to follow the sports code and if it does not follow the code, Sports Ministry can take action to de-recognise it. The bench, however, refused to stay the elections.

The court’s order came on a PIL filed by advocate Rahul Mehra who sought postponement or stay on the elections of various office-bearers, saying polls are being held in complete violation of the Sports Code.

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