The Supreme Court on 3rd August 2021, after thoughtful consideration, scraped out the plea of Paralympian shooter – Naresh Kumar Sharma, for including his name as an additional participant in the 50m parashooter event in the Tokyo Paralympics, which are to be held from 24 August 2021.
Naresh Kumar Sharma, along with his lawyer Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, had filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court against the Paralympic Committee of India for not selecting him in the Tokyo Paralympics. He believed that the decision of the PCI was biased, subjective and not according to the proper eligibility criteria given under National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 during the process of selection of candidates. That is why, the committee erroneously nominated a Deepak to participate, in his place. Naresh’s argument was to choose him by displacing another participant.
Even after observing the PCI’s decision to be prejudiced against Sharma, the Delhi High Court didn’t take any immediate action which compelled Vikas Singh to take the appeal to Supreme Court. The Single Judge order, from Division bench of the Delhi High Court, specified that a notice had been issued which is due to be heard on 6th August, by when it’ll become futile as 3rd August was the last day to accept the applications by the International Paralympics Committee (IPC).
Considering all the observations made by the High Court, which included the preferential conduct of the PCI, the Supreme Court had directed the Committee to recommend Naresh Kumar Sharma’s name as an additional participant from India, without displacing another selected participant.
Nevertheless, the International Paralympics Committee rejected PCI’s application for including an extra participant as India has secured only 10 slots in the qualification event and therefore, no extra slot can be given.
Amity Law School, Noida