THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala sports minister EP Jayarajan on Thursday courted controversy again after Olympian and Arjuna awardee Anju Bobby George accused him of insulting her with “corruption” charges.
Anju, president of Kerala Sports Council, has also complained to chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the issue.
The athlete, who made history after she won a medal in the World Championships in Athletics in 2003, said she had gone to meet the sports minister along with the council vice president on June 7 after the new government came to power.
Anju was appointed as the council president by the previous UDF government.
“We though the will ask us about the status of sports in Kerala. In the first meeting itself, the minister said ‘you all are elected members by the previous ministry. So you all are other party members... All transfers and appointments you are doing are illegal’,” Anju said, quoting the minister.
The athletes aid the minister also objected to the flight tickets availed by her from Bengaluru, where she is based, to Thiruvananthapuram for attending the council meetings.
She said the minister had told her, ‘This is all against rules. I can stop all this’.
The veteran long jumper said she had given a representation to the previous government for permitting her to avail airfare and the same had been accepted.
“The minister said ‘this is all corruption’,” Anju said.
Anju said besides her, Preeja Sreedharan, Indian Hockey captain PR Sreejeshand Kerala Cricket Association president TC Mathew are other members of the council.