High Court: The investigation of table tennis player Manika Batra case will be headed by a former Supreme Court judge.


The High Court has handed over the investigation of table tennis player Manika Batra to a three-member committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Vikramjit Sen into allegations of harassment and match-fixing by the national coach. The High Court had constituted a three-member committee yesterday for the investigation.


Former Supreme Court judge AK Sikri and Arjuna Awardee athlete Gurbachan Singh Randhawa are also in the committee.

As ordered by Justice Rekha Palli, the committee will also include another former Supreme Court judge AK Sikri and Arjuna awardee and Padma Shri winning athlete Gurbachan Singh Randhawa.

The court has constituted this committee while hearing Batra's petition against the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI).


Batra, who was left out of the Indian contingent for the Asian Table Tennis Championships, alleged in court earlier this year that national coach Soumyadeep Roy pressured her to lose an Olympic qualifier match in favor of one of her trainees. The court has asked the committee to submit an interim report in four weeks.

She also said that on the basis of the report of the committee, she would consider the issue of appointing an administrator for the running of the National Sports Association. Manika has alleged that TTFI is making selections in a non-transparent manner and targeting some players, including her.

The court made it clear that the TTFI will not write anything to the international body regarding the player except informing the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) of withdrawal of all action against Manika.