Patan High Court clears decks for ANFA polls

KATHMANDU: The Patan High Court on Friday vacated its September 30 stay order against the All Nepal Football Association's presidential and vice-presidential polls.

A division bench of judges Dilliraj Acharya and Bhim Kumar Ojha today issued the verdict in response to a writ filed by FIFA Referee Committee's Binod KC among others.

The bench observed that the election plans were not against the ANFA statute and other related laws as claimed by the plaintiffs.

Defendants in the case including the Minister for Youth and Sports, the ANFA Election Committee, the National Sports Council Member-Secretary, the ANFA and the Ministry of Youth and Sports were summoned for the hearing today.

Now, the national football governing body would hold the polls on October 24 as scheduled earlier.

Narendra Lal Shrestha and Karma Tshiring Sherpa had already announced their candidacy to lead the national football governing body.

Posts of President and Vice-President are vacant in the national football body since FIFA ethics committee banned President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years in November last year and the then acting President Lalit Krishna Shrestha was electrocuted in June last year.

Thapa was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for 10 years after he was found to be involved in corruption and other charges related to disciplines.