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Ban on Budhia Singh's marathon walk; HC calls for all record

Written by: Staff

Cuttack, Jun 21 (UNI) The Orissa High Court today called for all records on which the Khurda District Child Welfare Committee (CWC) restrained ''wonder kid'' Budhia Singh from participating in 500-km marathon from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata.

Justice P Mohanty, who heard the petition filed by Budhia Singh coach Biranchi Das as his guardian, directed the CWC and the government to furnish all records on which the ban had been imposed on the child and fixed June 25 for further hearing of the case.

Earlier on June 12, Orissa High Court vacation judge A S Naidu had issued show cause notices to the Orissa government and Khurda district Child Welfare Committee as to why the ''wonder kid'' Budhia Singh will be restrained from participating the 500 kms marathon walk from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata.

The Bhubaneswar police prevented Budhia Singh and his supporters to participate in the said marathon on June 6 last on the basis of an order passed by the CWC.

Budhia Singh and his supporters protested the order of the CWC and resorted to dharna in Bhubaneswar against the action. He and his coach Biranchi Das then moved the High court challenging the action of the CWC describing its order as ''arbitrary, illegal and not sustainable under the law.'' The CWC made it clear that the action of engaging or using Budhia in the marathon event would be considered as an act of subjecting the child to ''unnecessary suffering and cruelty'' under the Juvenile Justice (care and protection of Children) Act 2000.

Mr Das in his petition stated that Budhia Singh would only participate in the marathon walking event as an honorary status and not as an active participant. The marathon walk, he further said, was intended to raise funds in the form of sponsorship for meeting the growing need of the kid in terms of food, shelter, training and training equipment.

Budhia Singh had already entered into the Limca Book of Record for walking non stop from Pilgrim city Puri to Temple city Bhubaneswar covering a distance of 65 kms in six hours on May 2 last year.


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