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On Saturday, May 25, the Delhi High Court appointed an ad-hoc administrative committee, which will be led by its retired judge Najmi Waziri, to oversee the affairs of the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI). The decision from the court came after allegations of “impropriety” in the functioning of the EFI were made in a petition by the Rajasthan Equestrian Association.

The court stated that their ad-hoc administrative committee to run the EFI “would be chaired by former high court judge Justice Najmi Waziri, with former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi serving as observer/member, and advocate Rohini Musa as a member.” The existing officers of the EFI will be rendering requisite assistance to the committee, to help them submit a report within 10 days to nullify all decisions taken by the federation from September 29 last year apart from giving status report on their functioning within six weeks.

As per the report from The Bridge, the court order on EFI matter read, “A court does not interfere in the administration of a national sports federation but when there is "clear impropriety" and the administration is being carried on in an "arbitrary" or "perverse" manner, the situation cannot be ignored.”

“Pending the conduct of elections, EFI cannot be left without any office bearers. This Court cannot in good conscience leave the functioning of the EFI solely in the hands of those office bearer(s) whose tenure has expired and who are acting in a capricious manner and violation of the directives of the court," said the court in an order passed on May 21.

 “Accordingly, the interest of justice would be served if an ad-hoc Administrative Committee is appointed to supervise the administration of the Respondent No. 1/EFI,” the court order further read.