Axis Bank is trying to defend its mistake by casting aspersions on a sports personality, chess grandmaster RB Ramesh said. “A sportsperson will not be able to compete in the international area and bring laurels to the country if he/she is not mentally tough,” he said.
“The in-born personality trait will always get reflected in a person’s game and not vice versa. Any sports champion is mentally tough. But getting panicky in a difficult situation is different,” Ramesh added.
Pallikal has sued Axis Bank for humiliation and loss of reputation after she could not make a transaction with her debit card at a Rotterdam hotel in 2011 despite having sufficient balance in her account.
On learning about it, players from other nations made some remarks about her creditworthiness and also about India. Soon after that incident, Axis Bank did not credit Pallikal’s account with the Rs 1,00,000 cheque she had deposited. It returned the cheque to her with remark “not drawn on us”.
The cheque was issued by the Indian government for her achievement in the sporting arena and making the country proud. Upset at this callous attitude, Pallikal filed a case in the consumer court here in 2012.
In its affidavit, Axis Bank said: “The very fact that the complainant is not able to take the slightest disturbance would prove that she lacks the requisite mental toughness of a world champion.”