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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that its orders of October 10 and November 3 on the adoption of the constitution and polling for the executive committee of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) should be scrupulously followed.
A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices Hima Kohli and JB Pardiwala recorded the assurance of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, that the IOA constitution drafted by Justice (retd) LN Rao was adopted in the Annual General Meeting ( AGM) of the IOA and any changes to it will be made with the express permission of the court.
The apex court dismissed the contempt petition moved by petitioner Rahul Mehra alleging violation of the directions given by the apex court on October 10 and November 3 regarding the adoption of the draft constitution and polling for the executive IOA committee to be held on December 10.
Mr. Mehra said the draft constitution was adopted at the IOA’s AGM on November 10 but the minutes of the meetings show that there were some differences, which were adopted.
On November 3, the apex court gave approval to a new timeline submitted by the Justice (retired) LN Rao committee for the election of the IOA executive committee, which will be held on December 10.
The apex court also allowed the circulation of the draft amended constitution to IOA members, so that it could be adopted at the body’s general meeting scheduled to be held on November 10.
It noted that the judge contacted all stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee, the IOA and the state associations.
On October 10, the supreme court approved the timeline for amending the IOA’s draft constitution and its elections, as agreed upon at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on September 27.