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HC won’t interfere in Sarita Devi’s ban

The Delhi High Court on Monday declined to interfere in the one-year ban imposed on boxer Sarita Devi by International Boxing Association and the refusal of Boxing India to appeal against it.

A division bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice RS Endlaw disposed of a plea observing that no appeal has been filed by BI against AIBA order and the court cannot direct it to file one. “As no appeal against the order passed by AIBA has been filed to revoke her suspension, court can not direct the same,” said the bench.

The court was hearing a plea seeking direction for BI to appeal against AIBA’s decision to ban Sarita Devi for refusing to accept her 2014 Asian Games bronze medal. Sarita, who refused to accept the medal to protest her controversial semifinal loss, has been banned retrospectively from Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 1, 2015 and fined 1,000 Swiss Francs.
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