The Supreme Court had appointed former football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsman, says All India Football Federation (AIFF) on 11 November 2017. A statement from the AIFF stated that the apex court also appointed S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, who has also served as Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF Constitution within eight weeks.
the top court stayed the order of the Delhi High Court allowing all AIFF elected committees to function on a regular basis. On 10 November 2017, the apex court had refused to stay the High Court’s order of setting aside the election of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the sports’ governing body.
On October 31, the High Court had set aside the election of Praful Patel as the president of the AIFF and called for fresh elections within five months asserting that National Sports Code was not followed during previous elections. “AIFF is not aware of the reasons of the Delhi High Court to pass this order. Once AIFF receives the copy of the Order from the High Court, AIFF will decide the course of action in accordance with the law.”