New Delhi :The Hockey India elections, which were supposed to be held on Wednesday have run into troubled waters as the Delhi High Court has stayed them till atleast 12:30 PM when a Joint Secretary from the Sports Ministry is expected to appear in court to clarify the govt's stand on the status of Hockey India.
Acting on the petition filed by the Indian Hockey Federation, which is the recognized body for hockey in the country, the Delhi High Court had asked Sports Ministry to withdraw it's observers for the election.
Abiding by the Delhi High Court's directive, the Sports Ministry on Tuesday withdrew its observer for the much-awaited Hockey India elections.
In a letter, the ministry stated that it decided to withdraw its observer, SK Mendiratta from the poll process on the instruction of the High Court, which on Tuesday said IHF was the solely representative of the national game in the country and HI was a private body.
"The government election observer's presence at the Annual General Meeting of HI, which is scheduled to be held tomorrow, does not in any manner reflect government's endorsement of the election process or its outcome. However, in deferrence to Honourable High Court's directives, the government has decided not to depute the government election observer to oversee the elections," the letter signed by Joint Secretary Injeti Srinivas said.
The government has also taken note that during the scrutiny of nominations for the election, HI took a stand that they were not bound by the government guidelines relating to age and tenure limits.
"The government is of the view that every National Sports Federation is fully bound by the government guidelines for it to function as an NSF and perform the public function of selecting the national team and deputing it for participation in international competitions," the letter said.
"In the present situation with two recognised NSFs in place for the promotion of hockey in India, only one of which namely HI, enjoying the required support of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the government will comply the directions of the High Court to obtain the co-operation of IHF and IOA and any other body that may have been set up to resolve the matter in the best interest of hockey in the country," the letter added.
(With PTI Inputs)