Chennai, Mar 16 (GCSports) 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.