HC issues notice to IOA in PIL against doping
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Indian Olympic Assocation after impleading it as a party in a petition seeking direction to the Centre to
frame rules and guidelines against doping by sports persons.
While issuing notice to the IOA, a division bench comprising
Chief Justice Arijit Passayat and Justice D K Jain asked the
petitioner to amend the memo of parties in his writ to include
The IOA was impleaded as a party in the case after Sports
Authority of India counsel S Mukherjee said it is for the
apex body to monitor the functioning of various sports
federations in the country.
The court had earlier issued notices to the Ministry of
Sports and SAI on a Public Interest Litigation by Health
Fitness Trust, a private organisation.
Mukherjee told the court that at present the concerned
federations of various sports are vested with the power to
take action against players found guilty of doping and SAI's
role is confined to providing them laboratory facilites.
To a specific query by the court, whether the information
regarding players found guilty were sent to the Ministry, SAI
counsel said, "Yes reports are given to it."
The query was made by the bench in the light of HFT's
contention that the government did not monitor the doping cases.
HFT's health consultant, Dalbir Singh, arguing the case
personally, said about 257 sportspersons had been found guilty
during past nine years but no action was taken against them.