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Chautala launches attack on Bindra
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 07, 2013
First Published: 01:04 IST(7/9/2013)
Last Updated: 02:45 IST(7/9/2013)

On a day when former Haryana chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala's plea for extension of interim bail was dismissed by the Delhi high court, his son, Abhey Singh Chautala, launched a scathing attack on Abhinav Bindra.

Chautala said the shooter had no business talking about charge-sheeted IOA officials as his father, AS Bindra, "has been in jail for more than a month in a cheque bouncing case".

Abhinav has been in the vanguard of a campaign to ensure that tainted officials, like Lalit Bhanot among others, don't get to run the affairs of the IOA.

"His (Abhinav's) father has been in jail for more than a month in a cheque bouncing case. If Bindra has a problem with tainted people, then he should either disown his father or leave his father's house," said Chautala, president of the suspended IOA.

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Abhinav had submitted a petition to the IOC - he was a key member of the delegation led by sports minister Jitendra Singh, which had met top IOC officials in Lausanne in May requesting them to accept India in the Olympic fold - urging it to intervene and clean sports administration in the country.

A dismayed Bindra had said on Thursday, after the IOC decision not to revoke the IOA suspension, that, "We strongly believe that India's reintroduction into the Olympic movement must be focused around substantial ethical and governance related reforms."

He was obviously targeting charge-sheeted IOA officials who ran for elections despite the IOC and sports ministry's warning that tainted officials should be barred from contesting IOA polls.

"As athletes, we want India to be reinstated into the Olympic fold. We were delighted by the IOC recommendations and it was the first time that the Indian sport fraternity could opt for reforms. However, we are now deeply troubled by the outcome after the last meeting," he had said.

Sports minister Jitendra Singh said, "Chautala is trying to divert the attention. This is not the time to divert the attention. He should clean his house and bring in good governance and ethics."

IOC deadline
The IOC has given IOA till Oct 31 to amend its constitution and conduct fresh elections by Dec 15 to pave way for its return to the Olympic fold.

"The IOC is aware of the difference in the Indian legal system between charge-sheeted persons and charge-framed persons and has never requested that the clause initially proposed applies for charge-sheeted persons. Therefore it is reiterated that the initial wording is aimed to apply for anyone charge -framed by a court in India," the IOC director general Christophe de Kepper said in a letter to the IOA.


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