The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Archery Association of India to hold its slated September 29 election for various posts as per the National Sports Development Code,which renders its incumbent president V K Malhotra,ineligible to run for the poll.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also asked the Sports Ministry to issue instructions to AAI to enforce the sports code while holding the election.
The Centre and the AAI are directed to ensure that the election for various posts to be held as per the National Sports Development Code, the bench said.
Besides rendering a person older than 70 years ineligible to run the poll for a sports body office,the sports code also stipulates that no person elected to any office consecutively for three terms would be eligible to run.
Seeking enforcement of the National Sports Development Code (NSDC) in the AAI election,petitioner-cum-advocate Rahul Mehra told the court that AAI incumbent president Malhotra had been holding the office for 37 years.
Mehra sought judicial intervention to rid the sports bodies of the country of various problems,saying that the AAI had held its last election in February 2008 and it should have held its latest election in February this year. The lawyer also sought the courts direction to the centre to de-recognise the sports body if it failed to conduct the poll as per the sports guidelines.