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SC Leads Its Orders On Approval Of New Constitution, Polling For IOA Executive Is Closely Monitored | More sports news

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that its orders of October 10 and November 3 on the adoption of a new constitution and elections to elect an executive committee of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is closely monitored.
A Bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Judges Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala registered the Solicitor General’s filing Tushar Mehtaappearing before the Centre, that the IOA Constitution, as drafted by Justice (retd) LN Rao, has been adopted at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Indian Olympic Body and that any amendments thereto shall be made only with the express consent of the court.
The Supreme Court subsequently overturned the petitioner’s contemptuous plea Rahul Mehra alleged violation of apex court directions on October 10 and November 3 regarding the adoption of the draft constitution and poll before the IOA Executive Committee on December 10.
Mehra claimed that the draft constitution was passed at the IOA AGM on November 10, but the minutes of the meeting revealed some variations, which were also passed.
Mehta captured a copy of the letter from the secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which stated that the constitution, as drafted by Justice LN Rao, “has been adopted by the IOA and any suggestions and amendments will only be adopted by the express provisions of the court”.
Mehra claimed that a letter was written to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) just before the AGM by the members of the IOA regarding the amendments, but the highest body of the global Olympics has so far not responded.
“They haven’t responded, but they may be responding during the interregnum period before the Dec. 10 polls,” he said.
Mehta said the court may include his statement that if any change is made to the IOA constitution, it will only be done with the express permission of the court.
Mehra read out the October 10 order at the outset which stated: “We would appreciate if the proposed timelines are properly facilitated. Once the new constitution is duly adopted and approved by the IOC, the new constitution will be adopted by the IOA-General body under the compulsory direction of this court”. He maintained that despite the directions of the court, there was some variation in the constitution passed at the general assembly which was drafted by Judge Rao, which was apparent from the minutes of the assembly.
On November 3, the Supreme Court had approved a new timeline submitted by the Justice Committee LN Rao for the election of the IOA Executive Panel on December 10.
The Supreme Court had also authorized the distribution of the draft amended constitution to members of the IOA for adoption at the November 10 General Assembly.
The SC had noted that the judge had interacted with all stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the IOA and its state associations.
On October 10, the Supreme Court had approved the timeline for amending the draft constitution of the IOA and its elections, as agreed at the meeting with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 27.
It had then agreed to hold the IOA Executive Committee polls on December 3, as an IOC Board meeting was scheduled for December 5.
In an effort to ensure a fair and developmental approach for the future of India’s Olympic Games, the Supreme Court had appointed Judge Rao on September 22 to amend the IOA Constitution and prepare the Electoral College.
All this came after the IOC issued a “final warning” on September 8 to the IOA to resolve its governance issues and hold elections by December, or the world sports body will ban India.
The IOC executive council, which met in Lausanne, had also decided not to recognize an “acting/interim president” following the ousting of Narinder Batra as head of the Indian Olympic Association, saying it would deal with the secretary-general Rajev Mehta as the main point of contact.
In May of this year, Batra was ousted as IOA chief after the Delhi Supreme Court removed the position of ‘member for life’ in Hockey India with which he had contested and won the top body election in 2017.
Batra later officially stepped down as IOA president.
The IOC had also previously threatened to suspend the IOA if it did not hold its election at the earliest.
The IOA elections were due to take place in December last year, but could not take place due to changes in the electoral process.
Last December, the IOA formed a six-member committee to look at changes that needed to be made to its constitution before elections were held to bring it into line with the National Sports Code.

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