Politicians and businessmen heading sports bodies are causing harm to the games and should leave their running to sportpersons, the Supreme Court said
The Supreme Court on Thursday while blaming administrators for the poor state of the national game, hockey, in the country said sports bodies should be headed by sports persons and not by businessmen.
In stinging remarks on the state of affairs in sporting bodies, the apex court said it is a “sad commentary” that people who are the administrators of the game have nothing to do with sports and they run the bodies at the cost of the game.
A bench comprising justices TS Thakur and J Chelameshwar said, “Sports are run by private individual persons. Private individuals are controlling the games in India. Can the game be held hostage by private interest? This is why hockey has come down and the team is struggling to qualify for Olympics where we used to win gold medals”.
“These officers run the federations at the cost of the game. They do not have anything to do with the game. It is a sad commentary on sports in the country,” it further said.
The Court was hearing a plea filed by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), which is at loggerheads with its rival Hockey India (HI), seeking stay on the proceeding initiated by Federation of International Hockey to find out which of them is to be recognised to represent the country at international events.
The apex cout also mentioned that politics has taken hockey into abysmal low. "Deteriorating condition of the national game is a matter of concern. India used to win gold medals earlier but not now," the apex court mentioned.
The Indian hockey team has won the Olympic gold eight times but finished last (12th) at the London Olympics and finished in eighth place at the World Cup in 2010 - winning just one match out of six.
The BMC has suspended two officials for allowing gutka and paan masals, which is banned in Maharashtra by charging an octroi duty instead of prohibiting the consignment from entering the city
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has suspended two inspectors from its octroi department who allegedly collected duty on banned gutka and paan masala at Mumbai Central railway station. Octroi department’s collector & tax assessor issued the suspension letter on 20 November 2013, which reads, “DB Howal and PS Sonawane have been suspended with immediate effect as they have been accused of serious dereliction of duty.”
Both Howal and Sonawale are alleged to have released a large consignment of gutka and pan masala which are banned in the state.
Railway Activist Samir Zaveri, who runs a Railway Helpine wrote a letter to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Maharashtra and requested them to file a suo motu case in this matter. He requested to conduct honest probe to find out if these inspectors made any money by favoring illegalities, such as allowing banned gutka.
Zaveri said, “The government of Maharashtra has taken good step by banning gutka. But some greedy, dishonest government employees are washing out implementation and encouraging black marketing of gutka in Mumbai city in complicity with contraband importers.”
According to Zaveri, over the past five years, the octroi department of BMC have incurred losses worth Rs100 crore alone, because of such dishonest officials posted at Railway stations in the city.
During the investigation by Octroi department, both the accused inspectors were questioned on how they had passed the consignments of gutka and paan masala and how they valued the same."
As per records, of the total eight railway receipts, of which five were pan masala and three were supari one receipt of 5 June 2013 had been passed and signed by DB Howal. In the case of PS Sonawane, seven receipts were cleared.
Information Commissioner Sushma Singh would take over as CIC from Deepak Sandhu later this month
Sushma Singh, the senior-most Information Commissioner, will be the next Chief Information Commissioner under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. She would succeed Deepak Sandhu, who completes her term later this month.
The decision on appointing Singh, a former officer from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), as the next CIC was taken unanimously by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Kapil Sibal.
Singh will be the second woman to become CIC after Sandhu, whose term comes to an end later this month.
Being the senior-most Information Commissioner, Singh was the unanimous choice for the post of CIC.
Sushma Singh became Information Commissioner on 23 September 2009, in the Central Information Commission. She had retired from the IAS on 31 May 2009.
She is a former Secretary to the Government of India and belongs to the Jharkhand cadre. She joined the IAS in 1972.
Singh has served as Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
She has also served in the capacity of Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and also in the Ministry for the Development of the North Eastern Region (DONER).