Indian women's hockey coach MK Kaushik today resigned from his post in the wake of the sex scandal that has rocked Indian hockey.
Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra told reporters in New Delhi that Kaushik has submitted his resignation to interim president Vidya Stokes.
"Kaushik has submitted his resignation to Hockey India Interim President Vidya Stokes. The president will take a decision," Batra said after a hearing of the player who made the sexual harassment charges, the coaching staff and women's hockey officials.
Kaushik will not be part of the team for the Asian Champions Trophy in Korea from July 27 pending an inquiry into the sex scandal by a four-member panel comprising Rajiv Mehta (chairman), former players Zafar Iqbal and Ajit Pal Singh and Sudharsan Pathak.
The videographer Basavraj whose photographs with a prostitute plunged the game into a moral crisis has already been sacked.
Batra said the four-member panel will submit its report to Hockey India on Friday and HI will, in turn, make its recommendations to Sports Authority of India.
"The panel heard all the parties and they have sought time till tomorrow to make their replies. The panel will submit to us their report and we will proceed from there," he said.
Batra, however, said Hockey India has no power to take action against the videographer or any other coaching staff.
"We will submit our report with recommendations to the SAI which can take action according to the government service rules. The coach or the videographer are not working under us.
They are employees of SAI.
"I have taken legal advice also. Nobody is guilty until proved. But, ultimately it is the job of SAI what action to be taken against anybody who is found guilty," Batra said.
Asked how many players signed the letter to HI alleging sexual harassment of a woman player, Batra said, "Besides the player, 31 other players signed the letter supporting her."
One of the panel members Zafar Iqbal, however, almost absolved Kaushik of any wrongdoing saying that the case of the woman player "was not a strong one" and her complaints were sometimes "dicey".
"According to me it appears that the case is not a very strong one. It should have been sorted out much earlier. It had been going on for around six months. I am not defending anybody, who are guilty will come out soon.
"But the coach (Kaushik) has been attached with the women's team since 1991 and no complaint had come earlier. He also played hockey with us and we know him. Sometimes her allegations are very dicey," said the former captain.