Chennai, Dec 2 IBNS | 12 months ago

The Madras High Court on Monday said it will hear a Public-Interest Litigation (PIL) on former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar getting Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India, on Tuesday.


"The PIL states that relevant amendments have not been made to confer Bharat Ratna on a sportsperson," reported CNN-IBN.

"The Additional Solicitor General for India P Wilson filed a memo on Monday in the HC giving details of relevant amendments," the news channel said.

On Nov 16, the Indian government said Tendulkar would be given the Bharat Ratna along with scientist CNR Rao, a day when the legendary batsman retired from cricket.

"Shri Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer - a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe. During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports," said a release from the Prime Minister's Office.

"His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman," it said.

(Posted on 02-12-2013)