After examining and observing the entire matter, the Sports Ministry has asked Hockey India President Mushtaque Ahmed has been asked to stand down from his post, declaring that his 2018 election violated 2011 National Sports Development Code. The Ministry stated that the National Sports Federation (NSF) is to conduct new elections for the post by September 30 this year and that the new president will remain in the post for the remainder of the tenure which is until September 30, 2022. In a letter to HI's Secretary General Rajinder Singh, under secretary Raju Bagga said that Ahmed is currently serving his third consecutive tenure as an office bearer with Hockey India. Ahmed served as a secretary-general as well as a treasurer for four years each making it a cumulative two terms. The sports code, however, allows a president to hold three consecutive terms of four years.