Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 27
The Delhi High Court has requested each the Sports Ministry and Hockey India to file a response on a plea filed by 1975 World Cup winner Aslam Sher Khan, who has challenged the continuation of Narinder Batra as a life member of Hockey India and Elena Norman as its CEO. Norman additionally enjoys voting rights in Hockey India. A High Court Bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued a discover to the Ministry, Hockey India, Batra and Norman to file their replies by September 28, which is the subsequent date of listening to.
Khan, a two-time Congress MP, has cited violations of sections of the National Sports Development Code of India (NSDCI) to hunt instant dismissal of Batra and Norman. He has additionally sought the appointment of an unbiased administrator or an ad-hoc physique to run the day-to-day affairs of the federation till the time its Memorandum of Association (MOA) is amended as per the NSDCI. There is not any provision for a life member within the NSDCI, which accords voting rights to solely members of associations from States or Union Territories.
Khan has additionally requested that each Batra and Norman ought to present particulars of all monetary advantages that they’ve loved since their appointments as life member and CEO, respectively, of Hockey India. Khan has made critical assertions of nepotism in crew choice and even claimed that “there are serious apprehensions that the Respondent No. 3 (Batra) by exercising perpetual and direct control through Respondent No. 4 (Norman) is siphoning funds of Respondent No. 4 (Hockey India)”.
The case is one other setback for Batra, who can be the Indian Olympic Association president. There might be a query mark over Batra’s place because the IOA chief if the judgement goes in opposition to him as he was allowed to struggle for the publish on the again of his life membership of Hockey India.