Boxing Federation Election Battle Reaches Delhi High Court; extension of the mandate of elected officials the big bone of contention | Boxing News

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NEW DELHI: The electoral battle of the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) has reached the gates of the High Court in Delhi. The Uttar Pradesh Amateur Boxing Association (UPABA) has filed a lawsuit, seeking the intervention of the court to order the current BFI led by Ajay Singh to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections to here December 31, 2020.
The court heard the case on Friday. The Singh-led BFI and the opposition camp, which owes its allegiance to former Maharashtra Education, Sports and Welfare Minister Ashish Shelar, who threw his hat in the ring for the post of president, made their own statements in court. hearing Friday.
The press release from the official BFI communications team indicated that the tribunal had refused to grant any postponement to the Emerging Meeting, convened by the president of the BFI on December 24, for having extended the mandate from three to six months. current leaders. Calling their release as “a blow to the camp opposed to the president of BFI,” the official statement read: “The Delhi High Court today granted no reprieve to the emerging meeting called by the president of BFI to extend the mandate of mandate holders from 3 to 6 months. . The Court of Honor refused to grant a suspension of the meeting scheduled for December 24 for which an opinion was issued by President BFI. In the petition filed by the UP Amateur Boxing Association, the petitioner sought to organize BFI elections before 31.12.2020. As an interim prayer, the petitioner had asked to suspend the emerging meeting scheduled for 24.12.2020. The Honor Court did not grant the suspension of the said meeting and published the case on 01.10.2021, said Parth Goswami, a lawyer appearing for the BFI (instructed by the president). The emerging BFI meeting will now be held as scheduled. Lawyer Hrishikesh Baruah and Parth Goswami opposed the petition on behalf of BFI (instructed by the president). The BFI elections were postponed on the recommendation of the returning officer. Lawyer Baruah argued that this recommendation from the returning officer was based on the request of a majority of state associations due to the Covid -19 pandemic. ”
Another press release from the opposition camp titled their press release as “Court Refuses to Grant Extension to BFI Executive Council, Orders Federation to Hold Elections Quickly”. The statement said the court ordered the BFI to quickly complete the entire electoral process.
“Picking up on the Uttar Pradesh Boxing Association’s petition against President Ajay Singh’s unilateral decision to postpone the elections after the ball was started, the court ruled that it could not allow this, to especially since the federation risked being dis-recognized by the government of India for not having adhered to the National Sports Code. According to the directive of the Ministry of Sports, each sports federation must adhere to the Sports Code and also end his elections before December 31, 2020 ”, we read in the press release on behalf of the opposition camp.
Quoting attorney Shohit Chaudhry, who appeared for the UP boxing association, the statement further said: will be held through electronic voting. Any decision taken during the EGM on December 24 will be submitted at the end of the Petition. The Court asked the BFI to provide an electoral calendar by January 10, 2021 (Chaudhary as cited in the press release).
The BFI had called for an AGM to hold the elections on December 18 and even appointed a returning officer (retired judge Rajesh Tandon) to oversee the process in accordance with the constitution. But at the deadline for submitting candidatures, the outgoing president postponed the elections.


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