The Delhi High Court said that it does not want any player to be unnecessarily harassed and asked the Table Tennis Federation of India to give a clean chit to the country’s star paddler Manika Batra, who made a complaint against the national sports body.
Justice Rekha Palli, who had earlier directed the Sports Ministry to hold an inquiry against the sports body, said that according to the report, which is filed in a sealed cover, no fault could be attributed to the player for seeking a personal coach.
The judge was hearing Batra’s petition alleging that TTFI was carrying out its selection processes in a non-transparent manner and targeting certain individuals such as herself.
Batra, who was left out of the Indian contingent for the Asian Table Tennis Championships, has alleged that the national coach Soumyadeep Roy “pressurised” her to “throw away” an Olympic qualifier match in favour of one of his trainees.
On the last occasion, India’s top-ranked woman paddler had told the court that she was being targeted by the national federation for raising her grievances in the court and now the international federation was also treating her like an accused.
“I am not happy the way the federation is functioning. You are trying to probe a…