The HC said neither was the MSWA heard nor were its governing council members apprised of the charges against them based on which the “harsh action” of dissolution came.
Justice S K Shinde, on a plea filed by MSWA challenging the June 30 decision, said the WFI move was not in “sporting spirit”. He said the move was not only in breach of principles of natural justice, but taken behind the back of the MSWA panel.
The HC quashed a July 31 election held by the ad-hoc committee of the MSWA as “illegal”. It said, “The elected body of the petitioner association shall hold office till its tenure comes to an end and shall carry on its day-to-day functions in accordance with its Constitution.” It, however, clarified that the WFI, as an interested party under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act, may take recourse to law appropriately.
The MSWA had said the committee had been controlled by Pawar for nearly four decades.
The matter landed in court after the WFI executive committee, headed by a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, in June dissolved the Pawar-headed panel and appointed a three-member ad-hoc committee to conduct fresh elections and run the day-to-day affairs of the association. The reason given for the move was that the state wrestling body had failed to conduct several tournaments.