Delhi High Court bars Sjoerd Marijne from publishing Gurjit Kaur’s medical condition | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday retained the former coach of India’s women’s hockey team, Sjoerd Marijne and his editor to mention the state of health of the famous national player Gurjit Kaur.
A bench of judges Siddharth Mridul and Amit Sharma overturned a single judge’s order and granted an interim stay on a plea by Kaur challenging the publication of the book.
HC said it was of the view that the author of the book, due out September 21, owes a “duty of care” to Kaur, who was under his responsibility as an international hockey player, to any relevant time. He retained the publisher and marijne to publish the book or any other related matter as it relates to Kaur’s medical condition.
The bench said the claim that Kaur’s teammates were aware of his condition also does not help the editor as they would also be bound by the code of conduct which obviously prevents them from disclosing or to disclose such information to third parties. parties.
“In view of the foregoing, the publishers as well as the author named as defendants 1 and 2 in this appeal are prevented by an interim injunction from publishing the book in question or any other matter incidental thereto or any other matter related to the subject matter insofar as it relates to the medical condition of Gurjit Kaur,” the HC division bench said.
She observed that the coach was bound by the code of conduct which clearly required him not to disclose information entrusted to him in confidence, including for personal gain or to harm the reputation of others. In her plea, Kaur complained that the former coach is offering to disclose some confidential information about his medical condition in his book. She said it was a gross breach of the privacy code to which the author was bound as a coach of the Indian hockey team. The publisher argued that there can be no confidentiality of any sports personality as it relates to the game and there can be no reasonable expectation about it.
The lawyer said the player’s medical information was already in the public domain.
But HC pointed out that the Supreme Court held that the right to the protection of data such as medical information clearly falls within the realm of the reasonable expectations paradigm. He said there was no evidence that the medical information in the book was or is still in the public domain.

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