Saturday, November 18

Delhi HC Stays Praful Patel Election as AIFF President after PIL

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The Delhi High Court set aside the election of Praful Patel as All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) president since the AIFF elections were not conducted as per the National Sports Code, according to ANI.

 

The court has asked for a re-election within five months and former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi has been appointed as the interim AIFF administrator.

The court’s order comes three days after the completion of the Under-17 World Cup. It was the first ever FIFA event in India, which saw record attendance figures.

Patel has been India’s civil aviation minister in the past and is also the chairman of the Western Indian Football Association (WIFA). He replaced Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi as AIFF president in October 2009 almost a year after the latter had been taken ill. Dasmunsi had practically handed over control of the federation to Patel, one of the vice presidents up to that point.

In recent years, Patel has been nominated to vital positions in both the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as well as the world governing body, FIFA. He was nominated as the south Asian vice-presidential representative to AFC in 2015 and elevated to the position of a senior vice-president the following year. Earlier in 2017, Patel was also appointed to FIFA’s finance committee for a period of four years.

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