The sports ministry is relieved that it can now recognize the National Sports Federation (NSF) without the permission of the Delhi High Court and will now report to the Supreme Court within a week of starting the process. The Supreme Court on Thursday said the ministry and the Olympic Association of India (IOA) would not have to seek permission from the Delhi High Court before recognizing the country’s sports federation.
The Supreme Court heard an appeal against the High Court order of the Sports Ministry, which barred the NSF from recognizing the decision without permission.
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The PIL was issued by the High Court in 2010 in a PIL issued by Advocate Rahul Mehr seeking the consent of the National Sports Association and seeking directions from the Ministry of Sports and the IOA to ensure that the NSF is properly discharging its responsibilities. Tax
A source in the sports ministry told PTI, “By today’s order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the sports ministry can now recognize the NSF which will help us prepare our Olympic athletes.”
“However, according to the guidelines, we have to inform the Hon’ble Supreme Court before taking any action in this regard,” he said. We are working on this issue and we will be able to let you know within the next week. ”
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The Centre’s lawyer told the bench that there are many federations in the country and if any federation needs approval before the High Court, the process will be stopped. The government argued that the matter of recognition fell entirely within the jurisdiction of the executive and that the High Court should not have interfered. The apex court has been monitoring the public interest litigation in the High Court since 2010 and requested for a speedy disposal of the petition.