NEW DELHI: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court
today issued notice to the Union Sports Ministry on a public
interest litigation filed by IPS officer Amitabh Thakur and
social activist Nutan Thakur to ensure compliance by the Indian
Olympic Association (IOA) of the directions issued by the
International Olympic Committee (IOC).
After hearing arguments of petitioners' counsel Asok Pande,
the bench of Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Devendra
Kumar Upadhyaya directed the Sports Ministry to present facts
related with the matter within one week.
According to the petition, IOC suspended IOA in December
2012 for not complying with the directions to suitably amend
its constitution for introducing integrity, ethics and good
governance in sports and reiterated it again during its meeting
in Buenos Aires on 4 September directing IOA to amend its
constitution by 31 October.
Amitabh and Nutan said that participation in the Olympics
is associated with not only sports but is also linked with
the nation's sentiments and has ramifications in international
diplomacy and prestige, hence the sports ministry be directed
to use its authority to ensure that IOA complies with the
IOA directions in the prescribed period.