IHF has been in news since its de-recognition and disaffiliation by centre govt and Indian Olympic Association in 2008 after K Jothikumaran (secretary, IHF) was caught on camera accepting bribe to select a player.
The decision of Centre and IOA was challenged by IHF through a petition filed by its president KPS Gill. And now court has passed the order to disband it.
In the process court has rejected the plea of Centre that revival the Federation would result in a chaotic situation as Hockey India had already been formed and CWG is round the corner.
“It would be unfair to the Federation, which has succeeded in showing that both the orders of disaffiliation and consequent de-recognition are wholly illegal, to be denied relief for over two years on the ground that such order might jeopardise India’s participation in a sporting event,” Justice S Muralidhar said.
“It is not as if IHF’s term is about to expire or that chaos would result with its revival. The Commonwealth Games are still a few months away. It will be for the MYAS (Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports) to decide how best to go about the matter,” the court said.
Mr Gill, the President of IHF, said: “I am very happy. Justice has been finally done to us. The order speaks for itself. Now we have to follow it up and ensure that hockey is revived,”
“We have to start climbing the ladder once again because the last two years have been disastrous,” he said.
Hockey India was set up after de-recognising the IHF by a ad-hoc committee of five members. It also had problems since then. It has failed to hold its first election because of some legal hurdles and infighting, now has deadline of 31st May from FIH ( International Hockey Federation).
“The International Hockey Federation (FIH) was never against us. Personal ambition of one or two people created the situation,” Mr. Gill said.
This decision will reset the Indian Hockey, and it will help to build up again. But issue that Mr KPS Gill had been the federation for 15 years, but there was significant progress. But the Hockey India is also not doing anything better.
The decision of court can be read at the website of Delhi High Court or at http://lobis.nic.in/dhc/SMD/judgement/21-05-2010/SMD21052010CW37132008.pdf