New Delhi: The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday will seek a response from Boxing India on a plea challenging International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer L Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea.
On December 24, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice P S Teji had issued the notice to Boxing India and listed the matter for further hearing on January 5, 2015.
Sarita, who had refused to accept the medal to protest her controversial semifinal bout loss, has been banned retrospectively from Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 1, 2015 and fined 1000 swiss francs.
The court also had asked the sports ministry to produce all the relevant rules and regulations in this regard. "We issue notice to Boxing India. We would like to know its stand," the bench said.
Advocate Monica Arora appearing for the central government told the court that the ministry had wrote to AIBA and requested it to take a lenient view considering of her humble background and controversy-free image to spare her a career-ending ban.
The court was hearing a plea challenging AIBA's decision to suspend the boxer. During the hearing, senior advocate Rajiv Dutta told the court that BI and the government are "killing a valuable talent by not appealing against the AIBA decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) situated in Lausanne for settling disputes".
He further told the court that the boxer can not appeal against the decision in individual capacity.
With Agency inputs