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Supreme Court extends status quo on CoA takeover

The Supreme Court on Monday issued an opinion as part of the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) plea against the Delhi High Court’s order that the affairs of the IOA were assigned to a committee of trustees ( CoA). The case was entered before the bench including Judges S. Abdul Nazeer and JK Maheshwari. The bench, while issuing an advisory, also extended the standstill order on the CoA takeover until further orders. The case will be heard after four weeks.

On August 18, a bench led by India’s Chief Justice passed the standstill order after hearing that the CoA had yet to take over. However, the CJI-led bench had not issued an opinion, as the matter had only been mentioned orally by the Solicitor General of India.

Background

The issue arose when a petition in 2010 was filed by Senior Solicitor Rahul Mehra requesting the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association in accordance with elections held in accordance with the National Sports Code. In this context, a divisional bench of the Delhi High Court, consisting of Justice Najmi Waziri and Justice Manmohan, noting that the IOA committee was not prosecuting in accordance with the National Sports Code, passed an order on August 16 2022, stating that if a sports federation does not comply with the law of the land, it would not receive any recognition from the government and the advantages and facilities granted to it would quickly cease. Accordingly, the affairs of IOA were entrusted to a Committee of Administrators (CoA).

During the latest hearing on the matter, India’s Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the central government, said the appointment of the CoA was seen as outside interference and could therefore lead to the suspension of the IOA, d in a manner similar to the suspension of the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) by FIFA. It may be noted that recently, FIFA had suspended the AIFF citing the Supreme Court’s order constituting a CoA to take over its business as “undue third party influence”. As a result, the Supreme Court today issued an instruction to terminate the mandate of the Committee of Trustees (CoA) to manage the affairs of the AIFF. In this context, the Supreme Court Bench consisting of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justice CT Ravikumar had ordered the status quo from the order of the Delhi High Court.

CASE TITLE: INDIAN OLYMPIC ASSOCIATION v. INDIA UNION & ORS. | JOURNAL NO. 25767/2022