New delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority takes a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline.
Justice V K Jain allowed Gutta’s plea and said, “I am of the view that you (BAI) must allow her to play in the tournament”.
However, the court said a detailed order will be passed on her plea later in the day.
The court also observed that till the final view is taken by the committee, she should be allowed to take part in the tournament.
The two upcoming badminton tournaments in which Gutta was to participate are Denmark Open scheduled from October 15 to 20 and French Open from October 22 to 27.
The BAI, however, had on Wednesday withdrew the selection of Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa from Denmark Open.
The BAI’s disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on Gutta 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 this year.
Gutta approached the high court challenging the decision of BAI to recommend a life ban on her for alleged indiscipline in the IBL.
Appearing for Gutta, advocate Gopal Jain argued that the manner in which the association is behaving towards her is completely arbitrary and misuse of power.
“You have to treat a sports woman with dignity,” he said.
Countering his arguments, senior advocate Shanti Bhushan submitted that for past few years her performance is below the rank and there is nothing wrong in the decision taken by BAI’s committing.
“If she admits that she has committed a mistake or tenders apology, she will be allowed to play,” Bhushan said.