The Supreme Court of India has appointed the former Supreme Court Judge L Nageswara Rao to prepare the electoral roll and conduct elections to Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
The Apex Court has also said that as per the agreement between IOA and International Olympic Committee, Rajeev Mehta will remain as the secretary General of IOA.
earlier this week, a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli after taking the suggestions from the Solicitor General Tushar (SG) Mehta had asked the Secretary of the Union Sports Ministry to communicate with the International Olympic Committee about the appointment of a neutral person to take care of day to day affairs of committee.
The Solicitor General had also suggested that a retired Supreme Court Judge should oversee the process of finalization of the new IOA constitution, its electoral rolls and its pending polls.
‘The bench had said that we are trying to find a solution. A protem arrangement can be done till the constitution is finalised. … Let the Sports Secretary coordinate with IOA so neither Mr Mehra or Batra (former IOA president) have to litigate. If we pass an order and then they say something to the contrary, it looks very bad.’
The Bench along with the counsel has agreed with advocate Rahul Mehra’s contention that the process should not lead to a rival faction being in charge of affairs in the interim.