HC disposes off Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj’s plea

Earlier in May, the AIFF had banned Bajaj for a year from all football activity and also imposed a fine of ₹10 lakh after the federation found him guilty of making racist remarks against a referee.

It is learnt that the court, while refusing to entertain Ranjit Bajaj’s plea, has directed him to approach the AIFF’s Appeals Committee.   -  Sahil Nanda

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed banned Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj to approach the All India Football Federation’s Appeals Committee for the revocation of his suspension while disposing off his writ petition.

Earlier in May, the AIFF had banned Bajaj for a year from all football activity and also imposed a fine of ₹10 lakh after the federation found him guilty of making racist remarks against a referee.

The incident happened during Minerva’s U-18 Youth League playoff match against Aizawl FC that ended in a 1-1 draw at the JLN Stadium in Shillong on May 12.

It is learnt that the court, while refusing to entertain Bajaj’s plea, has directed him to approach the AIFF’s Appeals Committee. The court has given him two weeks’ time to do so.

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Bajaj, on his part, said, “The HC has given AIFF six weeks’ time to hear and decide on our four appeals before the AIFF Appeals Committee, which has been pending.”

The AIFF Disciplinary Committee, while slapping the sanctions, said that this was the fourth offence committed by Bajaj within a span of a year.

According to the disciplinary committee’s finding, Bajaj hurled racial comments and abuses against referee Pynskhemhame Mawthoh, who is of North East descent, during the match.

During the period of suspension, Bajaj has been banned from any football-related activities or entry into the stadium during any tournament held under the aegis of AIFF.