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National Sports Code: Delhi HC Issues Stay on Elections of Volleyball Federation of India

In an order dated February 16, 2024, the Delhi High Court issued a stay on the election of respondent no. 2, the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI), a day before it was scheduled, over non-compliance with the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011.[1] In line with the order of the Delhi High Court and in supersession of the election notice dated January 19, 2024, the returning officer has announced that the date of polling will be notified later.

Amir Singh, a former volleyball player and Arjuna Award recipient, filed the present writ petition, highlighting the non-inclusion of sportspersons with outstanding merit with voting rights in the general body and the executive committee of the VFI.

The VFI general body comprises nominees of affiliated state associations, and this body forms the electoral college for electing the executive committee. The petitioner asserted that the state associations themselves were not in conformity with the sports code and the directions of the Delhi High Court in its decision dated August 16, 2022, in Rahul Mehra v. Union of India and Ors. [WP(C) 195/2010]. 

The Court expressed its reluctance to interfere with the elections as the process had already begun. However, the non-compliance with the sports code and the August 2022 decision led the Court to issue a stay on the elections. A direction was also given to the respondents to submit a road map within two weeks to ensure compliance with the sports code.

The matter will be heard next on March 21, 2024.

[1] Amir Singh v. Union of India and Ors. [WP(C) 2136/2024]