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Harassers get bail; victim’s files FIR against 16 tennis academy officials ‘directly involved’

The father of a girl filed an FIR against 16 tennis academy officials for lack of action against their 5 trainees who harassed the girl.
Praveen Mahajan, All India Tennis Association President, one of the accused in father's FIR
Praveen Mahajan, AITA President, one of the accused
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The father of a girl filed an FIR against 16 officials of a tennis academy in Chandigarh after they refused to take further action against their 5 trainees who harassed the girl. Furthermore, the father alleges that the trainees produced false documents to say they are juveniles in order to have a lighter sentence. They are presently out on bail.

FIR filed against trainees of tennis academy – get bail as juveniles

The trainees of the tennis academy allegedly harassed the 16-year-old girl at the CLTA (Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association) Complex in Section 10 last year. After that, on August 17, 2019, the father filed an FIR against them. Police thus registered a case under sections 354, 354 A, 354 D and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. As the girl is still a minor, the case also came under several sections of the POCSO Act. The trainees, apparently still juveniles, later received interim bail from the trial court.

Father files FIR against academy for inaction

After that, the girl’s father notified the officials of the CLTA management team to take action. In fact, they were supposed to do so as per Sections 19 and 20 of the POCSO Act. However, they did not take any action. In fact, the father of the girl said that the tennis academy officials threatened them to withdraw the case. He also alleged that the accused are not actually juveniles. They apparently pretended to be by using false documents in order to get bail from the court.

Therefore, the father reached out to the Chandigarh District Court to file the FIR against 16 officials of the academy.

  • Meghraj, COO
  • Romen Singh, Chief Coach
  • Jai Singh Gill, former President
  • Dinkar Gupta, former Treasurer/DGP Punjab Police
  • Dr Nirupa Marwaha, Consultant Nutrition and Aesthetics
  • Anju Singh, Hostel Warden
  • Viswajeet Khanna, President
  • Sudhir Rajpal, Secretary
  • Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Treasurer
  • Rajan Kashyap, Chairman, Chandigarh Academy of Rural Tennis (CHART)
  • Neeraj Sarna, former SHO PS 3
  • Praveen Mahajan, President of All India Tennis Association
  • Hironmoy Chatterjee, Secretary General of AITA

These 16 officials allegedly committed offences under sections Sections 415, 420, 463, 465 and 469 with 120-B of the IPC, as well as sections 17, 18, 19 with 21 of the POCSO Act, 2012.

The Chandigarh District Court will likely hear the case on Thursday, September 17.

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