New Delhi : The Delhi High Court directed the government to confer Dronacharya Award 2015 on former chief national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar, saying it was “alarming” that the selection committee had not considered the accolades conferred on him.
“It is alarming that the selection committee deciding the awardees of the Dronacharya Awards 2015, has not been given due consideration to the accolades and the affidavits filed on behalf of the petitioner. Discrepancy appears on their account which should not be expected from the Committee deciding the awardees for an award of this prestige,” a bench of Justice V P Vaish said.
It directed the Centre to include the name of Vinod Kumar in the list of awardees for the Dronacharya Award 2015, which would be presented at a ceremony today.
The bench rejected the contention of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports that since Kumar has already been given due recognition by way of Dhyan Chand Award in 2012, he was therefore not eligible for the Dronacharya Award.
“This argument does not find favour with this court. I have perused the scheme of Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games and nowhere it is an embargo that a nominee cannot be considered for an award if he is already been given another award of same magnitude,” the judge said. “I am of the view that the marks accredited to respondent number 4 (Anup Singh), based on the medals of Geetika Jakhar, cannot be added to his score and thus, this court is of the view that 40 points given to him should have been deducted by the concerned selection committee.”