The entry of world champions India for the World Cup to be staged in Korea in August, sent by the ad hoc committee, has been rejected by the International Carrom Federation (ICF).
"We strongly highlight that the ICF will only accept the Executive Committee of the All India Carrom Federation which was recognised by the ICF on February 27, as per the results of the elections held on 29th November 2015’’, wrote the president of the ICF Josef Meyer, along with the The Chairman of the tournament committee, Dohhun Bae.
Meanwhile, the secretary general of the ICF, Saeed Mohamed wrote a communication to the Union Sports Ministry stating that the ICF president had rejected the Indian entry ‘unilaterally’.
However, the ICF president and the Chairman of the tournament committee, reiterated their stand with the clarification that the general secretary had been restrained from communicating directly to any party.
The AICF has been fighting a legal battle with the Union Ministry for more than two years, and had temporarily enjoyed recognition by the Sports Ministry owing to a judgment by the divisional bench of the Delhi High Court, which had found that the government order, suspending the federation, was against the laws of ‘natural justice.’
The Supreme Court had quashed that order and directed that the single judge of the High Court would pass the final judgment on the subject that has been hanging fire for long.
Even though the Delhi High Court has made a strong note of the government concealing its own investigation on the subject despite the court order, it has not been able to finalise the case.
"What I find extremely disturbing is that, even though the inquiry by the Director Sports was conducted pursuant to the directions of this court, the respondents, while dealing with the issue on their file and arriving at their own different conclusion, have not at all referred to the said report," wrote Justice Rekha Palli, in the order dated April 20, 2018.
In another order dated May 28, on a Latent Patents Appeal (LPA), Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and AK Chawla, have observed, "The Court is of the opinion that the learned Single Judge should hear the writ petition, decide it on its merits finally, at the earliest convenience, may be within two months from the date of the order."
With the judiciary all set to deliver the final judgment, there could still be hope for the Indian team to make it to Korea for the World Cup.
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