CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear that employees of Haryana Police will not be entitled to promotion on the basis of their performance in any sports event other than Olympic/non-Olympic games, national games or police games.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Krishan Murari passed these orders while upholding Rule 13.7 of the Punjab Police Rules, as applicable to Haryana, and dismissing an appeal filed by a woman constable. The matter had reached the court in the wake of a petition filed by Santosh Kumar, a police constable from Kurukshera.

The petitioner had approached the HC seeking directions to quash June 9, 2010, orders passed by the Haryana director general of police, rejecting her claim for enlistment in B-1 test (an examination conducted for promotion as head constable) against 10% quota reserved for outstanding sportspersons.

She claimed to have participated and secured first position in the XV Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship in 2003 and also having secured first position in the XVI Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship, held under the of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India in 2004. According to her, she was entitled for enlistment in B-1 Test against 10% quota for outstanding sportspersons.

Haryana DGP, however, rejected her claim on the ground that Circle Kabaddi was neither listed in Olympic/non-Olympic Games, national games or was a part of any police games or duty games.

Her petition against the DGP’s decision was also dismissed by a single bench of the HC in September 2016, mainly on the ground that she did not conform to the requirements of Rule 13.7 of the Punjab Police Rules. In her appeal before the division bench, the petitioner argued that the championship was organized under the aegis of Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, which is stated to be affiliated to Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation. “Admittedly, the sports meet in which the petitioner alleges to have participated was not organized by the National Federation of Kabaddi, but by one Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, which is affiliated to Asian Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation. Thus, it is more than apparent that team of the petitioner never participated in any such sports activity which could be termed as national games or national championship or inter-state championship,” observed the division bench in its July 31 orders.

The order said the petitioner did not fulfil requirements of Rule 13.7 on two counts: one, she did not participate in any national games or inter-state championship or police meet; and two, there is nothing on record to indicate that any gold or silver medal was won by her. “We do not find any illegality in the orders rejecting her claim,” held the HC.

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