New Delhi: The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry against Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra for alleged misuse of Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India (HI) funds, officials said Wednesday. The central probe agency had received a complaint against Narinder Batra following which it started a preliminary enquiry. It is the first step to establish prima facie criminality, the CBI officials said. It was alleged in the complaint that Rs 35 lakh of HI funds was used for personal benefits of Batra, the officials informed.
A turf war between Batra and Hockey India surfaced recently. This happened after he sent a terse communication to the sports federation, questioning the performance of the men’s hockey team in tournaments.
After Batra’s missive, Olympian and member of the 1975 World Cup-winning team Aslam Sher Khan questioned Batra over his interest in matters of Hockey India.
Khan said being the FIH (International Hockey Federation) chief, Batra’s interference in Hockey India’s operations is a clear case of ‘conflict of interest’.
“Definitely, it is conflict of interest by Batra. He is the FIH president and being in that post, he can in no way interfere in the affairs of a national federation,” said Khan, who has challenged in the Delhi High Court some irregular appointments in HI, including that of Batra as a ‘life member’.