Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that if the player, Vishal Ruhil, has any grievance with regard to selection, he can file a complaint with the Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. “In the event, any such complaint is made, Respondent no.1 [Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports] is directed to conduct an inquiry and take appropriate stepsin accordance with law,” he ordered. Mr. Ruhil, who claims to be an accomplished sportsman in the discipline of Judo, moved the court aggrieved by not being selected to represent India at the Budapest Grand Prix 2019, to be held between July 12 and 14 and Zagreb Grand Prix 2019 to be held from July 26 to 28. The Judo Federation of India told the court that as the Budapest Grand Prix 2019 is concerned, the entries for the event were sent on June 20.

The federation, however, stated that Mr. Ruhil has already been selected to participate in the Zagreb Grand Prix 2019.The court, however, noted that it cannot order any relief to Mr. Ruhil with regard to participation in Budapest Grand Prix 2019. It also said that his grievance with regard to the Zagreb Grand Prix 2019 does not stand valid as he has already been selected.

The court disposed of the case filed by Mr. Ruhil, but left open the question if the federation had followed the required procedure for selecting the sportspersons.


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