Bombay HC raps national badminton coach

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 12:47 hrs

Mumbai, Dec 10 (IBNS) India's national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand suffered a huge set-back on Monday as the Bombay High Court rapped him for running private training academy.

The court observed that "ethically" it was wrong for Gopichand to run a private training academy.

"Ethically, coach who also heads the selection panel should not run a private academy. He may be a good coach. We are not saying otherwise. But in the interest of justice and fairness, a national coach, also part of the selection panel, should not run a private camp," Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice AV Mohta said.

The court observed this while responding to a petition filed by 19-year-old Prajakta Sawant.

Sawant had alleged mental harassment by Gopichand after she was refused entry to the national coaching camp in Hyderabad.

The court directed the petitioner to include Badminton Association of India (BAI) as a respondent in the petition and asked the national body to reply. The matter will be heard next on December 19.

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