HC allows judo player to attend trials for national games; Ccourt to evaluate video

Friday, Jan 16, 2015,22:21 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Delhi High Court today directed the Judo Federation of India and the Haryana association of the sport to allow a judo player to participate in the trials for the upcoming National Games and get the entire process videographed. To ensure a fair trial, Justice Rajiv Shakdher directed a lawyer of the High Court to personally observe the same and also ordered that the whole process be videographed.
I am of the view that this matter could have been sorted out amicably, but as of now the court has no option but to direct/allow the petitioner (Chaudhary) to participate at the venue notified by Respondent 4 (federation) and Respondent 5 (Haryana association). The trial would be videographed which will also be arranged by the respondents 4 and 5, the court said.
After the trial is over, the video CD of the same shall be handed over to the lawyer, the court said and listed the matter for further hearing on February 4. The order was passed as the court heard a plea of Garima Chaudhary, through advocate Rahul Mehra. In her plea, she claimed that despite being the current national judo champion, she was not selected for the National Games in Kerala to be held from January 31 to February 14.
The petition contended that the petitioner being the only person who qualified in the London Olympics 2012 and being the reigning champion of the National Games 2011 held at Ranchi as also the current National Champion 2014 in her weight category, ought to have been nominated automatically.
It has alleged she was not allowed to represent her state of domicile (Haryana) in the 2014 National Championships held at Haridwar and was instead asked to participate on behalf of state of Tripura and when she had weighed in, the entire contingent was disqualified without any reason. It has also sought derecognition of the Judo Federation for not following the sports code while selecting players for the national games.