Narinder Batra Removed as IOA Chief After High Court Strikes Down Life Member Post in Hockey India

Veteran sports activities administrator Narinder Batra was on Wednesday eliminated as IOA President after the Delhi Excessive Court docket struck down the place of ‘Life Member’ in Hockey India, courtesy which he had contested and received the apex physique elections again in 2017.

Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) senior vp Anil Khanna took over as appearing chief.

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Batra had filed his nomination for the IOA president’s submit as a consultant (Life Member) of Hockey India.

The Delhi HC dominated that the place of Life Member and Life President had been “unlawful” since they weren’t in consonance with the Nationwide Sports activities Code and put in a three-member Committee of Directors (CoA) to run the day-to-day affairs of Hockey India.

The court docket ruling got here whereas listening to a petition of former India hockey participant and a member of the 1975 World Cup-winning workforce, Aslam Sher Khan, who had challenged Batra’s appointment as life member of Hockey India.

“…the executive setup of R-2 (Hockey India) is, erroneously or illegally constituted due to the Life President and Life Members,” the HC bench of Justices Najmi Wajiri and Swarana Kanta Sharma stated in its order.

“The Authorities of India can not grant recognition to a NSF whose structure is just not in consonance with the Sports activities Code. The posts of Life President, Life Member within the NSF are unlawful so is the submit of CEO within the Managing Committee. These posts are struck-down.”

Hours after the Excessive Court docket ruling, IOA issued an announcement saying Khanna is now the appearing chief of the physique.

“….Therefore by means of this judgment, Mr. Batra has additionally been faraway from the submit of President of the Indian Olympic Affiliation. With the removing of Mr. Batra from Indian Olympic Affiliation, the Appearing President of Indian Olympic Affiliation shall be Mr. Anil Khanna who’s the Sr. Vice President of IOA.”

The HC additionally got here down onerous on Batra for attempting to “profit” elsewhere from an “unlawful” submit.

“What a paradox, to make oneself everlasting in an entity whose tenure itself is impermanent. The unlawful Publish of Life President or Life Member can’t be the stepping-stone for another place or profit elsewhere, be it nationally (together with in Indian Olympic Affiliation) or in worldwide our bodies,” the HC bench stated.

Batra can be heading Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH). He turned President of the world hockey physique in 2016 and reclaimed the place final 12 months for a second time period.

“If R-3 (Batra) has so benefitted, then such profit or place shall finish instantly. Let the CoA look into the matter, so would the Authorities of India.

“…had himself appointed as Life Member of Hockey India. This smacks of … brazen impertinence to the clear mandate of regulation. It was a lower than sincere however futile endeavour to institutionalize oneself in a physique whose legitimacy itself is contingent upon conformity with the Sport Code and the regulation.”

The HC additionally empowered the CoA to recuperate no matter amount of cash Batra owes as “bills incurred on such supernumerary, revolutionary and unlawful posts”.

Inside hours of the Delhi HC determination, Batra issued an announcement, saying that he is not going to search re-election for a second time period when the IOA elections are held and that should spend extra time as head of Worldwide Hockey Federation.

The IOA elections, which had been attributable to be held in December final 12 months, have been stored in abeyance attributable to one other pending court docket case.

Batra’s removing implies that his membership of Worldwide Olympic Committee may also come to an finish because the coveted place was linked to his IOA presidency.

Batra was made an IOC member in 2019.

“At a time when world hockey goes via an important growth part, with the promotion of Hockey5s, the creation of a brand new competitors this 12 months the FIH Hockey Nations Cup and the launch of fan-engaging platforms and actions, my function as President of the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) requires extra time for all these actions,” Batra stated within the assertion.

“Consequently, I’ve determined to not run for an additional time period as President of the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA).”

Batra’s reign has been a controversial one as a result of simmering rigidity between the factions led by him and Secretary Normal Rajeev Mehta.

In 2020, IOA vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal had written to the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), alleging irregularities and false declarations by Batra in his election to the highest submit.

“Since he had already resigned from any workplace bearer’s submit with Hockey India with the intention to adjust to the FIH Statute, there isn’t a attainable approach that he could possibly be within the government committee of Hockey India, except Narinder Batra has given false declarations and data to the FIH and to everybody else that he has resigned from Hockey India.”

Just lately, Batra had apologised for a social media submit towards former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, a growth which had led to calls for of his resignation from the IOA prime job.

Final month, the CBI had additionally initiated a preliminary inquiry towards Batra for alleged misappropriation of public funds.

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