Ethically wrong for badminton selector Pullela Gopichand to run private academy, says Bombay High Court

Replying to a petition filed by shuttler Prajakta Sawant alleging that national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was mentally harassing her, the Bombay High Court questioned how the former player was the chief of the selection committee and was also heading a private academy at the same time.

updated: December 10, 2012 20:37 IST
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Hyderabad: Observing that "ethically" it was wrong for the Badminton Authority of India's (BAI) chief national coach and selection panel head Pullela Gopichand to run a private training academy, the Bombay High Court on Monday said it was not in the best interest of justice.

"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 A V Mohta said.

The court observed this while hearing a petition filed by 19-year-old Prajakta Sawant, who had alleged mental harassment by Gopichand after she was refused entry to the All India National Coaching Camp in Hyderabad.

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