The Delhi High Court on Thursday ruled in favour of paddler Manika Btra in a case against the Table Tennis Federation of India’. The ruling stayed TTFI’s mandate on compulsory attendance at the National Coaching Camp in order to be selected for any upcoming international event. Btara had headed to the court after she was left out of the team for the Asian Championships.
The court further asked the Centre to conduct an inquiry into Manika Batra’s complaint against the sports body. The ace paddler had earlier alleged that the national coach Soumyadeep Roy ‘pressurized’ her to ‘throw away’ an Olympic qualifier match in favour of one of his personal trainees.
TTFI rule stayed following Manika Batra’s complaint
Justice Rekha Palli further said that if warranted, the Union Sports Ministry may look into the affairs of the TTFI as well. The court also expressed ‘anguish’ at the manner in which a committee, constituted by the federation to look into the allegations, was reconstituted after it sought centre’s stand on the issue.
“They are overreaching the court. I will issue a notice of contempt. I pass an order and you appoint a new person. This is shocking… I am expressing my anguish,” the judge stated. “I am of the view that the operation of the rule is required to the stayed till the next date of hearing. Respondent no. 2 (Sports Ministry)…Is itself inclined to hold an inquiry into the serious allegations by the petitioner?”
“There is no reason why respondent no 1 (federation) should continue with its rule,” she ordered. “Respondent no 2 will proceed to hold an inquiry at the earliest…Furnish a copy of the report to the court.”