Delhi HC rules against NSFs

The Asian Age - - Games -

New Delhi, July 3: The Delhi High Court on Fri­day said the prac­tice of grant­ing pro­vi­sional recog­ni­tion to Na­tional Sports Fed­er­a­tions (NSFs) in the coun­try with­out as­cer­tain­ing whether they are fol­low­ing the sports code can­not be allowed to go on.

“We won’t al­low the pro­vi­sional sys­tem to go on with­out the NSFs fol­low­ing the sports code. That is not go­ing to hap­pen. Ask the NSFs to put their house in or­der,” a bench of Jus­tices Hima Kohli and Na­jmi Waziri said.

The ob­ser­va­tion by the bench came while hear­ing a plea moved by the Sports Min­istry seek­ing per­mis­sion to grant pro­vi­sion­alan­nual recog­ni­tion to 57 NSFs.

It, how­ever, is­sued no­tice to ad­vo­cate Rahul Mehra and sought his stand on the ap­pli­ca­tion which has been filed in his pe­ti­tion moved in 2010 for probe into var­i­ous sports bod­ies.

It was on his pe­ti­tion that the high court had di­rected in the past that all the NSFs have to ad­here to the Na­tional Sports Code.

The high court also asked Mehra to in­di­cate in his af­fi­davit which of the 57 NSFs were not ad­her­ing to the sports code and which are, so that pro­vi­sional recog­ni­tion may be granted to those com­ply­ing with the code.

Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Chetan Sharma and cen­tral gov­ern­ment stand­ing coun­sel Anil Soni, ap­pear­ing for the min­istry, urged the bench for an in­terim or­der grant­ing per­mis­sion to pro­vi­sion­ally recog­nise the NSFs.

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