Jwala Gutta moves court against ban

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Jwala Gutta
Jwala Gutta

Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the decision of Badminton Association of India (BAI) to recommend a life ban on her for alleged indiscipline in the IBL.

The BAI’s disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on Jwala for trying to stop some players of her franchise, Krrish Delhi Smashers, from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August. Justice V.K. Jain posted the petition for hearing on Thursday. Jwala has sought quashing of the October 7 order, where BAI ruled out considering Jwala for selection in any international events in the next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday.

“The order has been issued in violation of settled principles of natural justice and fairness without giving her a hearing.

“A direction is to be issued to respondent 1 [Sports Ministry] to seek an independent report of the incident and to put in place an independent regulatory mechanism to oversee the functioning of decision making process of BAI in the absence of proper procedure,” she said.

She also sought quashing of the life ban recommendation of the BAI disciplinary committee.

Jwala alleged that the Association’s approach was “pre-determined” and had been taken to single out her.

She further alleged that BAI’s decision would affect her right to live with dignity.

A controversy erupted during the August 25 tie when Delhi Smashers allegedly threatened to pull out against Banga Beats over the last-minute replacement of injured singles player Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark’s Jan Jorgense. — PTI

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