Commonwealth gold-medallist wrestler Geeta Phogat has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking directions to the Haryana government to give her an appointment in consistence with her achievements.
Taking up her petition, the high court has directed the Haryana government to decide her representation within two months.
In her submission before the high court, Phogat said the Haryana government took a policy decision to provide out-of-turn appointments to the players having sports achievement after March 5, 2005, to secure their future and to also encourage the upcoming generation to participate in sports.
She said as she had won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games after March 5, 2005, she was eligible for the DSP post as per the policy.
But she was selected for appointment as inspector in the Haryana Armed Police, Madhuban, under the sports quota in April 2012.
As such, she sought directions to the Haryana government and director general of police (DGP), Haryana, to “give her an appointment as per policies or to sanction an ex-cadre post of DSP in the office of DGP, which is pending with the Haryana government taking into consideration the benefit, which has been granted to other candidates, who had lesser achievements, with all consequential benefits from the date when the same has been granted to other persons”.
The other similarly situated sportspersons or candidates, who won medals and were appointed to the post of DSP as per their achievement, were Mamta Kharab, Geetika Jhakar, Akhil Kumar, Vikash Krishan, Joginder Sharma and Jitender Kumar, she submitted.
Phogat said her claim for appointment on the post of Group ‘B’/DSP had not been considered by the government, which was totally illegal, unjust and against the equity.