Patan High Court stays ANFA polls

KATHMANDU: The Patan High Court on Friday issued an interim order, staying the polls for President and Vice-President of Nepal's football governing body, All Nepal Football Association (ANFA).

A single bench of judge Prem Raj Karki issued the order, in response to a writ filed by Binod KC on behalf of the referee committee, today.

The polls were scheduled for October 24.

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

Meanwhile, the Court has scheduled the next hearing on the case on October 21.

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 have been summoned for the hearing.

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.