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Delhi HC asks Sports Ministry to respond to WFI's plea on suspension

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has submitted a fresh plea in the high court challenging their suspension by Sports Ministry.

Delhi HC asks Sports Ministry to respond to WFIs plea on suspension

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 10 April 2024 7:24 AM GMT

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to respond to a plea by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) challenging its suspension.

Justice Subramonium Prasad issued a notice to the sports ministry and asked it to file its reply to the petition within four weeks.

The high court listed the matter for further hearing on May 28.

The Centre had suspended WFI on December 24, 2023, three days after its new office bearers were elected, for allegedly not following the provisions of its constitution while making decisions.

Senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, representing WFI, submitted that no show cause notice was issued to the federation before deciding to indefinitely suspend it.

He said the ministry's decision violated the constitutional provisions of WFI as well as the National Sports Code (NSC) which contemplates issuance of show cause notice before such action and added that this was against the principles of natural justice.

While suspending the WFI, the government had cited its "hasty announcement" of organising the U-15 and U-20 nationals "without following due procedure and not giving sufficient notice to wrestlers" for preparations.

The ministry felt the new WFI body was working under the complete control of its former office-bearers, which was not in conformity with the National Sports Code.

The Union Sports Ministry suspended the Wrestling Federation of India in December 2023.

Sanjay Singh, a close associate of multiple-term BJP Lok Sabha MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who got embroiled in a sexual harassment case following a complaint by women wrestlers, had succeeded him as the president of the WFI.

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