"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well."

-Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports

An Eight Member Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports (ICAS) has been set up by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in its Annual General Meeting. News reports suggest that this decision of the IOC was pursuant to a directive by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The members of the ICAS are below:
  1. Justice AR Lakshmanan- Former Supreme Court Judge & Chairman of Law Commission
  2. M R Culla
  3. Justice R S Sodhi
  4. Justice B A Khan
  5. Justice Usha Mehra
  6. Justice J K Mehra
  7. Justice Lokeshwar Prasad and 
  8. Justice S N Sapra
We had a post in this blog in April this year about a proposal by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to constitute a court of arbitration for sports disputes under the aegis of the IOA.While commenting on the said proposal, the IOA had stated that the IOC had already directed all the National Olympic Associations to constitute a Court of Arbitration for Sports. Therefore, IOA stated that the Ministry's proposal was contrary to the directives of the IOC.

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