The Karnataka High Court today put a stay on the suspension of Indian tennis stars Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna imposed on them by the All India Tennis Association (AITA).
AITA had banned Bhupati and Bopanna from representing the country for two years after they refused to partner Leander Paes at the London Olympics. The court has also sent a notice to AITA about the stay order, and said that they can reply to the same.
Bhupathi had challenged order terming it as unconstitutional and said that an opportunity had not been given.
On Tuesday, Bhupathi hit back at the AITA, accusing it of resorting to “divide-and-rule” policy and said its “dictatorial attitude” will be harmful for the future of Indian tennis.
“It has got to the point where nothing they do or say surprises me anymore. As far as that establishment goes I have become thick skinned,” he had said at the press conference in Mumbai.