CBI initiates preliminary enquiry against Indian Olympic Association

It is alleged that Pawandeep Singh and RS Negi were radiologists and did not have “requisite qualification and experience” but were sent to the 2016 Rio Games by the Indian Olympic Association.

other sports Updated: May 19, 2017 21:42 IST
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N Ramachandran is the president of the Indian Olympic Association.(PTI)

The CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry into allegations of nepotism and favouritism against some Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials in sending two medical professionals with the Indian team to the Rio Olympics last year.

It is alleged that Dr Pawandeep Singh and Col RS Negi were radiologists and did not have “requisite qualification and experience” but were sent to the Games from July 24, 2016, to August 23, 2016, with the Indian contingent.

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Singh is the son of IOA vice-president Tarlochan Singh and was sent with the team as Chief Medical Officer. Negi is also believed to be a distant relative of an IOA office bearer.

Agency sources said there are allegations of nepotism, favouritism, and irregularities against certain officials of the IOA which are being examined by the CBI.

A Preliminary Enquiry is done to examine available evidence whether it prima facie constitutes a crime. The agency also collects additional material during the PE.

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If the material prima facie indicates criminality, the agency goes ahead with a full-fledged probe by registering an FIR else it closes the complaint.

Will co-operate with CBI: IOA

The IOA said it will co-operate with the CBI after the investigative agency initiated the enquiry.

“The matter is with the CBI. The IOA will assist the CBI in the enquiry,” IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta told PTI.

First Published: May 19, 2017 21:42 IST