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AIFF goes to SC over Praful Patel election case, hearing on Friday

Debayan Sen and Sharda Ugra talk about AIFF's decision to take Praful Patel's election case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will, on December 10, hear All India Football Federation's (AIFF) petition challenging the Delhi High Court ruling  setting aside Praful Patel's election as the president of the sports body.

"The high court had set aside the election of the AIFF committee. We are seeking a stay on it," the AIFF counsel told the bench. "Under the FIFA rules, a country is recognised only if there is an elected body and if there is no elected body, a country is derecognised by FIFA."

AIFF's counsel mentioned the matter before a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer and sought a stay on the high court's October 31 order, which had also appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct fresh polls to the sport body.

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The counsel sought urgent listing of the matter contending that AIFF has to bid for hosting the FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the last date to submit the bid was November 14.

The high court had set aside the election of Patel as the president of the sports body observing that the AIFF rules were in breach of the National Sports Code and Model Guidelines. The high court had directed that fresh elections should be held in accordance with the model guidelines.

The high court had said that till the elections are conducted and the results declared in consonance with the National Sports Code and in compliance with its directions, the AIFF should not make any new financial commitments, except with the administrator's prior approval.


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