Wrestling coach Vinod Kumar's clain for Dronacharya award stayed by Delhi High Court
Former national wrestling coach Vinod Kumar will have to wait a bit longer to get his Dronacharya Award after a larger bench on Saturday gave the sports ministry a duration of six weeks to give an explanation on the ‘disputed questions’ on the issue, DNA reports.
The Delhi High Court on Friday had given the go-ahead to recognise the coach with the award, but the bench, headed by Chief Justice C Rohini ordered further hearing into the issue saying that "there are various disputed questions of facts which need to be dealt with by the single judge bench".
"In the light of the material available on record, it appears to us that the matter involves various disputed questions of facts and require consideration after giving an opportunity of being heard to all the parties," the bench said.
The sports ministry then took the decision to confer the award on fellow wrestling coach Anoop Singh Dahiya in addition to four other coaches from other disciplines.The court also made it clear that the award would be conferred to Kumar subject to the outcome that comes out of the pending litigation.
The court’s direction came on the Ministry of Youth Affairs plea that had seeked an urgent hearing into the issue as the awards function was scheduled for Saturday. Anoop Kumar served as India’s wrestling coach for a period of 5 years between 2010 and 2015 and had earlier said to a ingle judge that he had gained more points for his feats than Dahiya had.
That proved to be the reason why his overall points were deducted and reduced from 377.5 to 337.5 by the single judge.
The sports ministry though had presented the reason for his sacking by the Wrestling Federation of India(WFI) with the court as inadequate performance as a mentor during the Doha Asian Championships in April.
‘But how has my sacking in May this year got any anything to do with my work in the last three years – from the period of 2012 to 2015?," Kumar asked.