Appeal against Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat Ratna award dismissed

An advocate’s appeal challenging the Centre’s decision to bestow the Bharat Ratna honour on Little Master Sachin Tendulkar and alleging a conspiracy to ignore hockey legend Dhyanchand has been dismissed by the Chief Justice Magistrate in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.


In his petition, a local advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, had named as accused the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sports Minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh and the secretary to the union home department besides Tendulkar himself for selecting the star cricketer for the honour in a ‘conspiratorial manner’ soon after his retirement from all formats of the game.

“My appeal has been dismissed by the court on Friday and am directed to appeal either in High Court or Supreme Court”, the advocate said over telephone from his home-town.

“I have nothing against the legendary batsman but the way hockey great Dhyanchand was “ignored”, it forced me to challenge the decision in court”, he added.

“I have 30 days time to decide whether to challenge the order in Patna High court. If Sachin has sympathy waves, I may drop idea of challenging the decision”, he added.

The 45-year-old Ojha is famous for dragging India’s top personalities to court if he believes justice hasn’t been done.

He has so far filed nearly 500 cases, out of which 100 have been against India’s best known personalities.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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