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Updated on: Monday, November 15, 2021, 03:32 PM IST

FPJ Legal: Delhi High Court suggests giving clean chit to table tennis player Manika Batra

The court's observation came when it was informed that the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has approached International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) regarding star player Manika Batra and that the ITTF is conducting a parallel enquiry against her.
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India's Manika Batra serves during the women's singles semi-final table tennis match. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU |

India's Manika Batra serves during the women's singles semi-final table tennis match. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU |

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday remarked that it is concerned about players and said that they should not suffer as it suggested to sports federations concerned to give star table tennis player Manika Batra a clean chit observing that there was no question of any misconduct on her part.

The court's observation came when it was informed that the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has approached International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) regarding star player Manika Batra and that the ITTF is conducting a parallel enquiry against her.

The court said that it will examine this aspect after the correspondence is placed on record.

Justice Rekha Palli suggested giving clean chit to Manika Batra observing that there was no question of any misconduct on her part.

"At the moment I am concerned that the player should not suffer, our country cannot afford players having to run around in courts and then going to face international, " the court said.

The court also pulled up the Table Tennis Federation of India for sending correspondence to ITTF regarding Batra soon after the court on September 23 had put an interim stay on Table Tennis Federation of India's rules that made it compulsory for players to attend a national camp for selection in international events.

The court's observation came while hearing the petition of table tennis player Manika Batra seeking to provide a copy of the enquiry report of the enquiry conducted pursuant to an order dated September 23, 2021.

In purported compliance with the court's order, a report has been placed in a sealed cover, the court recorded this on its order.

Manika Batra was represented by senior advocate Sachin Dutta and lawyer Akshay Amritanshu.

The petitioner submitted that even though the enquiry was initiated at the behest of the Petitioner and principles of natural justice require the Petitioner to be provided with a copy of the enquiry report, the same has not been provided.

The petitioner submitted that after receiving intimation from the Enquiry Committee, the Petitioner along with her Advocate appeared virtually before the Enquiry Committee on 05.10.2021 and raised her grievances before the Enquiry Committee.

The petitioner also filed her written submissions along with documentary evidence before the Enquiry Committee on October 7, 2021. However, the Petitioner has not heard from the Enquiry Committee thereafter.

The Delhi High Court on September 23 had granted 4 weeks-time to the Enquiry Committee to conclude its enquiry. The petition said that it has already lapsed on October 21, 2021, and the Petitioner has not heard back from the Enquiry Committee thereafter.

On September 23, the Delhi High Court put an interim stay Table Tennis Federation of India's rules that made it compulsory for players to attend a national camp for selection in international events.

Table Tennis player Manika Batra has earlier filed a plea against the Table Tennis Federation of India's decision not to take her in the Asian championship squad.

The Court had expressed anguish with the Table Tennis Federation on framing of the rules and said what was the hurry of making these new rules.

Senior Advocate Sachin Dutta, appearing for the petitioner Batra, had earlier told the Court about a past incident that how national coach Roy has pressurized the Petitioner to throw away a match only with a view to help one of his trainees at his private academy to qualify for the Olympics, 2020. He had also raised apprehension on the conduct of Roy.

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Published on: Monday, November 15, 2021, 03:32 PM IST
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