IOA fights over Kalmadi issue
The bitter turf war in the IOA on Sunday took a dramatic turn with the release of a showcause notice to sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi by the body's disbanded Ethics Commission and four office bearers later countering it as “fabricated and illegal”.other Updated: Jan 23, 2012 01:03 IST
The bitter turf war in the IOA on Sunday took a dramatic turn with the release of a showcause notice to sacked CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi by the body's disbanded Ethics Commission and four office bearers later countering it as “fabricated and illegal”.
On a day marked by allegations and counter allegations, a showcause notice dated December 6, 2011 and issued by the Ethics Commission was released and it was swiftly rubbished as “fabricated and illegal” by the IOA office bearers.
The Ethics Commission in question was disbanded by IOA General Body in its meeting on December 15.
“...this is to issue a show-cause notice against all the three of you namely, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, Mr Lalit Bhanot and Mr VK Verma to show cause as to why your membership from Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federation should not be cancelled,” the showcause notice states.
“Till the matter is, however, disposed of by this Ethics Commission it is hereby to issue an order of suspension from further acting as President, Associate Vice President and Joint Secretary, being office bearers of Indian Olympic Association or even to enter the premises of Indian Olympic Association until further orders passed by this Commission in any other way connected therewith and until further orders passed by this Commission,” it added.
Later in the day, four office bearers of IOA rubbished the reports of showcausing Kalmadi by the disbanded Ethics Commission and sought for an inquiry by the acting president into the matter.
“We are shocked to learn of the news of suspension of Mr Suresh Kalmadi, Member of Parliament, from the presidentship of the IOA by the Ethics Commission of the IOA in some sections of media. This is a totally baseless and mischievous report, far from truth and facts,” a release issued by the four IOA office bearers said.