Badminton player Jwala Gutta on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the decision of a Badminton Association of India disciplinary committee to recommend a life ban on her.

The Association set up a three-member disciplinary committee to look into the alleged breach of the code of conduct by Jwala, who has been accused of attempting to stop some players of her franchise, Krrish Delhi Smashers, from playing a match against ‘Banga Beats’ during this year’s Indian Badminton League.

Jwala sought quashing of the the BAI’s order to not consider her for selection in any international event for the next one month.

‘Not given proper hearing’

“The order has been issued in violation of settled principles of natural justice and fairness without giving her a hearing,” her petition said, and it demanded that “a direction be issued to the Union Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports 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 the Association in the absence of proper procedure.”

Jwala has also sought quashing of the punishment recommended by the disciplinary committee. She alleged that the Association’s approach was predetermined and that she was being targeted. The ban would affect her right to live with dignity, the petition said.

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