A vacation bench of Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Ghose took note of the fact that India is to host 44th World Chess Olympiad which is to take place from July 2 to August 10.
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- The 44th World Chess Olympiad will start on July 2
- Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Ghose took the decision surrounding the Secretary
- Chauhan is the Olympiad Tournament Director
The Supreme Court allows Bharat Singh Chauhan, whose election as Secretary of All India Chess Federation has been stayed by Delhi High Court, to continue discharge his duties till August 15.
Chauhan is the Olympiad Tournament Director.
A vacation bench of Justices M R Shah and Aniruddha Ghose took note of the fact that India is to host the 44th World Chess Olympiad which is to take place from July 2 to August 10 and allowed Chauhan to continue till August 15 and directed the Delhi High court to decide the matter finally and said, “For us national interest is first and then comes everything else.”
During the hearing, the petitioner represented by senior advocate Maninder Singh said, “The high court hasn’t considered the facts in totality. The federation is organising an international event in July and August which would be attended by the Prime Minister of India and if the secretary of the federation won’t be there, it won’t look good for the country.”
Opposing the plea, the counsel for the respondent told the bench that, “As per the National sports development code, no person can hold the post of President/Secretary/Treasurer continuously for more than two turns. Further, for re-election, an office bearer shall only be deemed to have been elected if he/she secures a majority of not less than 2/3rd of the members of the National Federation concerned and contended that Chauhan has been running the AICF for the past about 17 years. While contesting for re-election as AICF Secretary for 2020-2023, Chauhan got 35 votes, which is not 2/3 of the total votes polled.”
Taking note of all the submissions, the bench directed the Centre and Appellant file a detailed affidavit before the division bench of High Court within a period of 4 weeks from today.
Thereafter, the Division bench of the High court will pass a fresh order including the grant of any interim order after giving an opportunity to all.
“As it is reported that India is holding a prestigious chess Olympiad in the country (August 2022) and the same is not affected in any manner, we direct the appellant to be continued as a secretary of the federation till August 15, 2022, by way of interim arrangement. However, such continuance will be without prejudice to the rights and contention of parties,” the order stated.