SC will hear plea in connection with All India Football Federation on December 6

New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it will hear a plea regarding the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and objections regarding the draft constitution for the sports body on December 6.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala also took note of senior lawyer Raju Ramchandran’s comments, appearing before the AIFF, that the sports body needed urgent direction.

“We will take it up on December 6,” the CJI told AIFF counsel.

Earlier, the bench had noted that the popular sport of football needs to move forward and asked people to provide suggestions to the amicus curiae on the draft constitution for the national sports federation, noting that “we do everything but football”.

On November 9, the bank had asked senior lawyer Gopal Sankarnarayanan, who assists the bank as an amicus curiae, to list the objections so that the draft constitution can be finalized.

Previously, the highest court had ordered the termination of the mandate of a three-member committee of directors appointed by it in May to manage the affairs of the national football association.

The top court had said it is amending its previous orders to withdraw the suspension imposed on the AIFF by the international football federation FIFA and facilitate the organization of the 2022 Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

On May 18, it appointed the panel headed by Justice (retired) Anil R Dave, former chief election commissioner SY Qureshi and former captain of the Indian football team Bhaskar Ganguly, and ousted the management committee led by NCP leader Praful Patel which extended his tenure by more than two and a half year.

The order was the result of a new plea submitted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to amend the May 18 and August 3 court orders following consultations with FIFA to ensure that AIFF’s suspension and hosting right for holding the Women’s World Cup in India.

On August 17, the top court had asked the center to take a “proactive” role in lifting the suspension of the AIFF by the governing body of the World Football Association and facilitating the holding of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

On 16 August, FIFA had suspended India for “improper third-party influence” and said the tournament “cannot be held in India as planned at the moment”.

The country hosted its first FIFA event from October 11 to 30.

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