LHC dissolves PFF's elected body, dismisses president Faisal Saleh Hayat

Next hearing of the case to be held on August 18

Sports Desk July 24, 2015
Hayat has been surrounded by controversy for a long time now. PHOTO: FILE

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued orders to dissolve the Pakistan Football Federation's (PFF) newly elected body along with dismissing president Faisal Saleh Hayat for flaunting a stay order against holding presidential elections, Express News reported.

The judgement came a day after the LHC issued a contempt notice to PFF and its president.

Read: LHC issues contempt notice to Saleh Hayat

The notice was issued over a petition filed by Arshad Khan Lodhi which stated that the federation had committed contempt of court by electing Hayat as its president. It requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the PFF and its new president.

According to sources, the next hearing of the case will be held on August 18 during which all other officials who previously disregarded the court's notice will also be taken to task.

Read: PFF removes Faisal Saleh Hayat as president over embezzlement - report

Earlier, one of the PFF faction, headed by Lodhi, had earlier suspended Hayat from the president office, accusing him of embezzling the federation’s funds. Lodhi was nominated as interim president and on June 30, he obtained a stay from the court against the election of a new president.

“Defying court orders, Hayat called the election on July 1 and was elected president. Therefore, contempt of court proceedings should be initiated against him and the election should be declared null and void,” Lodhi said in his petition.

However, Hayat told the bench that he did not receive the court’s order and was not party in the football federation case.