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Delhi HC Restrains Ex-Coach Sjoerd Marijne from Publishing Defamatory Content against Indian Men’s Hockey Captain Manpreet Singh

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Sakina Tashrifwala

Published on: September 22, 2022 at 22:22 IST

Former Indian women’s hockey team women’s coach Sjoerd Marijne is prohibited from disseminating false information about Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh by the Delhi High Court.

Additionally, the court ordered Coach and Publisher not to release an extract from his planned book, “Will Power,” in which he makes accusations against Manpreet Singh.

Manpreet has recently been under fire from the coach for allegedly asking young athletes to perform below par at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Manpreet Singh, a hockey player, claims that a significant daily newspaper received a copy of the book that was leaked.

The HC also gave Manpreet Singh’s attorneys permission to write to the media outlet and request that it remove a previously published story.

When Justice Amit Bansal’s bench heard Manpreet Singh’s lawsuit, it also ordered Sjoerd Marjine, the former coach of the Indian hockey team, and HarperCollins Publisher not to release any portions from his upcoming book in which Marjine makes accusations against Singh.

In a recent joint statement, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams made it obvious that Marijne made these allegations against Manpreet Singh in order to promote his book.

Hockey India added that Marijne did not report any such event to them or the Sports Authority of India while he was employed there.

The publisher and author of the book “Will Power” were forbidden by a division bench of the Delhi High Court on Tuesday from publishing any content relating to a medical condition and associated material of Indian origin hockey player Gurjit Kaur.

Hockey player Gurjit Kaur, also known as the plaintiff, had appealed the decision of a single judge to not halt the publication of a book titled “Will Power” that contained private details about her health.

Former Indian women’s hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne is the author of the book “Will Power.”

In addition to ordering the author and publisher to refrain from disclosing the plaintiff’s medical information to third parties, the Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Amit Sharma stated on Monday that because the author is the coach of the national hockey team, they are unambiguously bound by the code of conduct.

This clearly prevents them from doing so.