NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily upon Tamil Nadu Football Association for questioning an order of the Madras High Court, which appointed a committee to look into the affairs of the football body until a new administrative panel is appointed.
Terming the plea filed by the association as an abuse of process of law, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and K V Viswanathan imposed Rs 50,000 on the office bearers of the Tamil Nadu Football Association, including its president Jesiah Villavarayar.
The bench also clarified that the office bearers would not reimburse the cost from the association.
“The problem is that you are not spending money from your pocket so you don’t know the pain of litigation,” the court told the Association.
“You are spending public money. This is all self-promotion and abuse of the process of the law,” the bench further told the counsel.
The bench said that the cost should be deposited with the Supreme Court Middle Income Group Legal Aid Services.
The court directed its registry to list the matter as a contempt petition on its own if the members fail to deposit the cost amount.
An appeal was filed by the Tamil Nadu Football Association and its office bearers against the order passed by the high court in September last year.
In its order, the high court had constituted an administrative committee of retired judge Justice A K Rajan (Retd) with four other members.
The committee was asked to administer the association until the new administrative body is elected and approved by the high court.