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‘Sugumaran should be re-instated’

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CHENNAI: The emergency committee of the Tamil Nadu Football Association has told the executive committee of the Chennai FA that it was not empowered under the constitution to ‘suspend’ the secretary and that this should be set right immediately.

It may be recalled the President of the CFA, Ravikumar David, at the instance of a majority in the EC had taken a decision at a meeting held on February 22 to take away the role of the secretary, E. Sugumaran and hand over his work to the two Assistant Secretaries P.M. Radhakrishnan and S. Kantharaj.

Both Mr. David and Mr. Sugumaran had made separate appeals to the TFA on this matter and the parent body decided to convene the emergency committee, which met in Neyveli on Wednesday.

No-confidence motion

R. Sadacharam, secretary, TFA speaking to The Hindu after the meeting said the committee pointed out that action against a principal office-bearer can be taken only after issuing a show cause notice and based on the response thereafter.

There again, any action can be taken only by a no-confidence motion at an extraordinary meeting of the Governing body and this should be passed with a two-third majority. In view of this, he said, the CFA’s action against Mr. Sugumaran was invalid and he should be re-instated with immediate effect.

He said since Mr. David was part of the Emergency Committee, the decision was known to him straightaway and “we will be informing Mr. Sugumaran also shortly.”

Mr. Sadacharam said the committee also viewed strongly the act of some CFA officials ‘locking the office premises’ when the authority rested with the secretary as the chief executive officer of the association. “We have advised that this should not happen,” he said.

The meeting was chaired by senior vice-president Balasubramaniam and those who attended included D.S. Sivasamy, Stanly Dhanraj, Rajasekhar and Ravikumar David, aside from Mr. Sadacharam.

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