Ex-Hockey Coach Sjoerd Marijne, HarperCollins Restrained by Delhi HC from Publishing Confidential Information About Hockey Players

Sjoerd Marijne Law Insider

Tanisha Rana

Published on: November 2, 2022 at 21:23 IST

Sjoerd Marijne, a former coach of the Indian women’s national hockey team, and HarperCollins Publishers India were given a temporary injunction on Tuesday preventing them from publishing confidential information about hockey players in Marijne’s book [Hockey India vs. HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt Ltd & Anr.].

The order was made by a single-judge Justice Amit Bansal in a case brought by Hockey India.

Hockey India claimed that Marijne had signed a confidentiality agreement with them and that the disclosure of player information constituted a breach of that agreement.

“A prima facie case is made out in favour of the plaintiff. In my considered view and based on the order of the Division Bench of this court, I am of the prima facie view that the confidentiality clause has been breached by Defendant No. 2 (Marijne) by seeking to public the aforesaid information. Grave harm and irreparable injury will be caused to the concerned player if the information is allowed to come in public domain,” the Court noted in its order.

Additionally, the court issued a order restraining Marijne from making use of two pictures for which Hockey India has copyright.

The Delhi High Court had previously issued orders prohibiting Marijne from publishing information regarding women’s hockey player Gurjit Kaur and Indian men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh.

Marijne’s book, “Will Power: The Inside Story of the Incredible Turnaround in Indian Women’s Hockey,” has been mired in controversy.

the Court set November 18 as the date for further hearing in all cases involving the book.

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