Sports bodies don't need HC's nod for recognition

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/18/2020 11:43:46 PM

NEW DELHI, Sep 17: The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Centre that it does not need the consent of the Delhi High Court for granting recognition to various sports federations under the National Sports Code.
Noting that the prior nod of the High Court for any decision relating to NSFs will adversely impact their functioning, a bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice K.M.Joseph said that the High Court by its June 24 order had erroneously read the requirement of “obtaining its consent” in its earlier February 7 order.
The High Court by its February 7 order had directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to give it (High Court) advance information of any decisions relating to national sports federations (NSFs). The Apex Court noted that there was no requirement of “consent” in the February 7 order.
After February 7 orde,r 54 NSFs were given provisional annual recognition till September 30, and the same was not communicated to the High Court.
Taking a dim view of it not being given advance information of provisional recognition being extended to mNSFs, the High Court had described it to be an overreach of its February 7 order as its consent was not obtained.
Justice Chandrachud in the order said that the High Court had “erroneously read the requirement of obtaining its consent” in its February 7 order.
While permitting the IOA and Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs to take decisions relating to NSFs and apprise the same to the High Court, the top court said that “any person aggrieved by the decision, would be at liberty to pursue the remedies available.”
Noting that the PIL by advocate Rahul Mehra on which the High Court had passed orders was filed in 2010, the top court asked the High Court to take up for expeditious disposal.

 

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