CBI searches premises of former IOA president Narinder Batra in corruption case

CBI searches premises of former IOA president Narinder Batra in corruption case


File image of Narinder Batra© PTI

The CBI on Monday searched the premises of former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra at five places in Delhi and Jammu. The searches were conducted after an FIR was registered against him in an alleged corruption case, he said. He said the central probe agency had received a complaint against Batra following which it initiated a preliminary inquiry in April this year, which is the first step towards establishing prima facie criminality. Officials said the complaint alleged that Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India was used for Batra’s personal gain.

Batra ceased to be the IOA president when the Delhi High Court on May 25 annulled the post of ‘life member’ in Hockey India, courtesy of which he contested the IOA elections and won back in 2017.

In three separate handwritten notes, Batra officially tendered his resignation from the IOA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

In all letters, he cited “personal reasons” behind his decision.

“For personal reasons, I submit my resignation as President of the FIH,” Batra wrote to its executive board.

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Batra’s IOC membership was tied to the post of IOA president but his resignation from the FIH came as a surprise, as in May he said he wanted to focus on his job at the world hockey body.

The Delhi High Court’s refusal to stay his appeal before the double bench may have triggered Batra’s resignation. But the matter has been listed for general hearing on July 26.

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