Karnataka HC stays AITA ban on Bhupati, Bopanna

Bengaluru, Sept 22 (ANI): The Karnataka High Court on Saturday stayed the ban on tennis-duo Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna, imposed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) from representing the country till June 30, 2014.

Acting on a writ petition filed by Bhupati and Bopanna, Justice Mohan Shantanagouda ordered issue of emergent notice to AITA and the Sports Ministry.

Counsel Aditya Sondhi, representing the two players, submitted that the AITA decision was "arbitrary as it was taken without hearing them".

Earlier on Tuesday, Bhupati accused the All India Tennis Association (AITA) of practicing "dirty politics."

The multiple Slam winner had charged the current AITA president Anil Khanna of being a "dictator" and creating a rift between him and his long time doubles partner Leander Paes.

"AITA is trying to create rift between Leander and me. Khanna has enjoyed the Lee-Hesh rift. He fired at me off Leander's shoulder," Bhupati had said.

Calling the selection ban imposed on him by the AITA "a personal vendetta" he had said that he had always felt banned by the governing body.

"The AITA ban has crossed the line. It cannot question my integrity and patriotism," he added.

AITA recently banned Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for selection in Davis Cup, till June 2014, sticking to a young Indian side.

The ban means Bhupati and Bopanna will not be considered for selection to play for India till June 30, 2014.AITA had dropped the two on disciplinary grounds after they rebelled against the selection committee's decision to pair with Leander Paes for the London Olympics 2012. (ANI)