The Supreme Court of India (SC) on Monday terminated the mandate of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) which was constituted to manage the affairs of All India Football Federation (AIFF).
While hearing the matter of International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) suspension on the governing body of football in India, the SC also postponed the AIFF elections which were earlier scheduled to be held on August 28 by one week allowing changed electoral college and filing of nominations according to the new rules.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna today said that the acting general secretary of AIFF shall look after the daily affairs as it terminated the CoA.
The executive council of AIFF will consist of 23 members, 17 to be elected and six spots will be for eminent players, the bench observed.
The order has been passed for the revocation of FIFA’s suspension imposed on AIFF and for holding the prestigious FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India, the bench further noted, adding that it will allow the participation of Indian players and teams in international events.
The apex court also observed that the returning officers (ROs) appointed shall be deemed to be ROs appointed by it, since no objection has been recorded by the contesting parties, and the election programme is permitted to be modified by extending the date of election by a period of one week.
The bench further said, “Voters list for the ensuing election shall consist of 36 member associations representing states/UTs...”