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HC reserves judgement on Sachin’s Bharat Ratna

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court on Monday reserved its verdict on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the Bharat Ratna awarded to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

The Bench comprising justices Imtiyaz Murtaza and DK Upadhyaya, reserved its judgement on a PIL filed by Indian Police Services (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur and social activist Nutan Thakur.

The petitioners’ counsel Asok Pandey presented their points of arguments saying that cricket ‘is less of a sports and more a tamasha and anti-development and hence, an anti-national game’. He said there are no guidelines for Bharat Ratna against the definite guidelines for Padma awards, which is against the Supreme Court order in the Balaji Raghavan and SP Anand vs Union of India case, so that the PM solely recommends names  which was ‘completely against the concept of transparency and inclusivity’.

Additional solicitor general KC Kaushik presented a list of Bharat Ratna awardees so far. Amitabh and Dr Thakur have challenged the current method of awarding Bharat Ratnas.  They have prayed for a larger committee for these awards which shall bestow the country’s highest civilian award to all truly great Indians including Ashoka, Akbar, Kalidas, Kabir and Kamban so as to become synonymous with its name.
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