New Delhi :Former Indian hockey team skipper Pargat Singh has been elected as the new President of Hockey India.
Pargat was chosen ahead of 83-year old Vidya Stokes. There was a lot of controversy over Stokes' candidature as she was way over the permissible age-limit to hold such a post.
The election, previously scheduled July 30, was stayed by the Delhi and Bombay High Courts on two different petitions. It was the fourth time that HI elections were postponed.
But HI moved the Supreme Court, which vacated the stay keeping in mind an International Hockey Federation (FIH) warning that India would not be debarred from participating in international events starting with the Women's World Cup this month if elections were not held.
A detailed hearing on the case will take place on August 19 and the apex court has asked HI not to implement the outcome of the election until the final verdict is out.
There was further trouble for HI Wednesday as two Assam sports officials were booked by the Meghalaya Police in Shillong for impersonating as members of Hockey Meghalaya (HM) to vote in the election.
Raj Kakoti, treasurer of Assam Olympic Association, and Sumita Sinha have been booked for cheating and impersonation, police said.
"We have registered a case against the duo," Vivek Syiem, Deputy Superintendent of Meghalaya Police, said.
Syiem said the investigation is on and Kakoti and Sinha will be questioned.
Meghalaya's directorate of sports and youth affairs Tuesday lodged a complaint against the Assam sports officials.
The HI is also yet to reply to sports ministry's show cause notice. The ministry asked it to explain before the election as to why the government should not de-recognise it in the wake of the federation's declaration before Delhi High Court that it is a private body and would not follow the government guidelines, like an age limit, for the polls.
(With PTI inputs)