Supreme Court Lifts Stay on WFI Elections

The Supreme Court has set aside the interim order issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court imposing a stay on the election of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).[1]

On a previous occasion, the Supreme Court lifted the stay ordered by the Gauhati High Court, after which the Returning Office notified the date for the WFI elections. However, a day before the elections were to take place, the Punjab and Haryana High Court imposed yet another stay via interim order dated August 11, 2023, and the operation of this order was extended later.

Once the election process began, the Division Bench of Justice Abhay S. Oka and Justice Pankaj Mithal opined that the same ought to have been allowed to continue with the condition that the result of the election was subject to the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the pending case.

Without delving into the legal intricacies involved in the main case, the Supreme Court ruled solely on the legality of the interim order issued by the High Court and subsequently set aside the said order. With this, the Court paved the way for the Returning Officer to publish the revised election schedule.

[1] Ad-hoc Committee Wrestling Federation of India vs. Haryana Wrestling Association & Ors. (CA Nos. 7863-7865 of 2023)