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HC notice to sports minister, IHF bosses

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May 04, 2005 16:58 IST

The Delhi high court on Wednesday issued notices to the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, the Indian Hockey Federation, its president K P S Gill and secretary K Jothikumaran on a petition filed by the IHF's senior vice-president Narinder Batra seeking the quashing of the election of Gill and Jothikumaran.

Justice Gita Mittal asked the respondents to file their replies to Batra's petition, alleging financial irregularities and failure of the two officials to comply with the Sports Ministry's directive not to remain in office for more than two terms or a maximum of eight years in office.

The court asked all the parties to file a three-page each written synopsis by May 16, the next date of hearing.

The Court did not pass any interim order with regard to the advancing of the AGM and Federation elections to May 23 as the Union of India, the IHF and the two officials opposed the petition.

Batra, who had moved the court on Monday charging Gill with financial irregularities and running IHF in an autocratic manner, had also filed an additional affidavit requesting the court not to allow Gill and Jothikumaran to participate in the IHF elections.

Batra submitted that after filing of his writ petition, he was served with certain documents on Monday evening about the AGM for holding of election of office-bearers and that the minutes of the earlier meeting had been changed.

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