Three-member court committee formed to investigate Manika’s match-fixing allegations

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Manika Batra

The Delhi High Court has constituted a three-member committee headed by former Supreme Court Justice Vikramjit Sen to probe allegations of match-fixing attempts leveled by star table tennis player Manika Batra on the national coach.

The committee also includes AK Sikri, another former Supreme Court judge, and Arjuna Awardee and Padma Shri awardee Gurbachan Singh Randhawa.

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Justice Rekha Palli stated this during the hearing of Manika’s plea against the Table Tennis Federation of India.

Manika, who could not make it to the Indian team at the Asian Table Tennis Championships, had accused national coach Soumyadeep Roy of pressurizing her trainee to lose an Olympic qualifier match in order to qualify.

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He also alleged that the selection process of TTFI is not transparent and some people like him are being targeted. The court has asked the committee to expedite the hearing of the matter and submit its report within four weeks.


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