Ban on FMSCI president J Prithiviraj overturned by IMSAC

16-03-2020

Chennai,  The Indian Motor Sport Appellate Committee overturned a ban imposed on J Prithiviraj from officiating in national championships, following the death of three trespassing motorists during the Rally of Jodhpur last year. "The IMSAC has upheld his appeal, declaring that the ban imposed on Prithiviraj, who is incidentally the president of the FMSCI, was violative of all principles of natural justice," Coimbatore Auto Sports Club said in a statement.“He was not put on sufficient notice before imposing (such a) major punishment,” absolving him of any lapses while organising the rally. Prithiviraj was not even given an opportunity to defend himself and his indictment was announced, the statement said.“I am glad that justice has prevailed,” a relieved Prithiviraj said. “As COC of the Rally, I had taken all the required precautions to ensure safety of the drivers and spectators. There were no lapses on our part,” he added.“As president of FMSCI, I would like to add that the motorsports fraternity has taken all the steps to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in line with the government measures," he said. The IMSAC further noted in its verdict that the process itself was illegal and could not stand any test of reasonable conduct, especially as the council had not been given any power to impose any ban, either in the Articles of Association of the FMSCI or in its sporting code