Retired Supreme Court judge and Chairperson, West Bengal Human Rights Commission, AK Ganguly has been appointed by the AIFF as an independent “one-man committee” to furnish a verdict on the legality of Mohun Bagan’s actions.
The AIFF is yet to decide on a punishment against Mohun Bagan for pulling out at the interval during their derby against East Bengal on December 9 at the Salk Lake Stadium.
According to the AIFF statement, Ganguly will be “giving directions accordingly and is expected to commence hearing on the subject issue from December 24, 2012 in New Delhi.” Mohun Bagan and AIFF will be allowed to appear in the hearing through their respective legal representatives.
The situation to appoint a retired judge of such standing arose due to the violence that erupted during the Kolkata derby, which resulted in Syed Rahim Nabi getting injured due to a stone thrown by the crowd.
Senior AIFF official said, “Sticking to the rules and going by regulations, they will be banned for this year and the next two editions of the league. It is regulation enforceable going by article 22, but the AIFF is yet to communicate the decision,” he added.