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Olympian Ranjit Maheshwari moves Kerala High Court against stay of Arjuna Award given to him

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Olympian Ranjit Maheshwari has approached the Kerala High Court challenging a press release issued by the Secretary, Sports Department, which had stayed the Arjuna Award given to him in 2013 for athletics. After considering the petition, a single bench of Justice N Nagaresh issued notice to the respondents.

The triple jumper, in his plea, said, “After being informed that the petitioner would be awarded the Arjuna Award for Athletics in 2013, the petitioner was orally asked by the Secretary, Sports Department to withdraw from the ceremony immediately before the award ceremony. Subsequently, the department issued another press release stating that the award was withheld pending investigation into the alleged suspension and ban on doping charges of 2008 during the 46th National Open Championship held in Kochi. Is.

“The petitioner was never informed about the said doping allegations or punishment during 2008-2009. He was not visited with any disciplinary action in his athletic career. According to the said press release Apart from this, there was also no official communication to the petitioner or his parent institution, Indian Railways, in respect of the alleged suspension and/or sanctions from the national sport in the press release. And one to his parent institution, for his or her information. There was no communication about the presence of the specified substance in the sample collected from the petitioner during the said incident,” Maheshwari said in her plea.

He sought the court’s direction to the Secretary to set aside the decision to annul the Arjuna Award, which was originally awarded to him. They also sought a direction to the defendants to produce a list of players who were in violation of doping rules and against whom action was taken by them during the period from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2008, before the court in a Present in a sealed envelope. The disposal of the petition is pending.

The petition further states that, “During the said period of suspension and ban, the petitioner was undergoing training with the Director General of Sports Authority and the Center was bearing the expenses.

“Thereafter from April 2009, he had joined the national camp under the aegis of Athletic Federation of India (AFI) to participate in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, which means that no restrictions were imposed on him,” the plea said. stated in.

“Contrary to the information released on the press release, the 46th National Athletic Championship was not held in Kochi but in New Delhi. It was the 48th National Championship held in Kochi. He had returned from Beijing Olympics a few days back. 48th National Championship and Won a gold medal for triple jump. Her performance was recorded as 15.35m which was much less than her normal performance during the relevant period,” the petition further stated.

“Due to the change in climate and long hours of travel from Beijing, he developed throat infection and cough. Accordingly, he consulted a government doctor in Chennai and reported it to the authorities. During that period the petitioner was referred to his doctor. was informed by the AFI that ephedrine was detected in the sample and the petitioner had submitted a medical certificate issued by a government doctor in Chennai,” the petition said.

The petition states, “In 2008, the director of the National Dope Testing Laboratory, which analyzed the sample, did not have World Anti-Doping Agency accreditation and there was no standard operating procedure in place when the laboratory received Recognition In 2009, a list of players using banned drugs was published, but the name of the petitioner was not in the list.

“The persons whose names were in the published list of dope tainted sportspersons were awarded Arjuna Award in 2005 and 2021. Aggrieved by this, the petitioner had requested the records relating to dope allegations through Correct Information Act, but their Effort gone in vain,” it read.

“It is with utmost pain and sorrow that the petitioner and his wife are being continuously taunted by various strata of the society regarding the bogus and arbitrary doping charges of the year 2008 which were leveled at the petitioner by press release in 2013. It was shocking to the petitioner that such allegation is nothing,” the petition further read.

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