Bardhan demands action against SAI official over Monika's case

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) Alarmed by the false doping charge on weightlifter Monika Devi which prevented her from participating in the Beijing Olympics, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) A B Bardhan today demanded stringent action against the SAI officials in a memorandum sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

''Is this the way to deal with talented people from the North East of the country?'' Bardhan asked Dr Singh in the letter, which was signed by the leaders of CPI and CPI(M) in Manipur.

CPI Gen Secy further stated, ''As you are aware that their false charge of doping was blown skyhigh, but they had so managed that Monika, even after being cleared of the charge, could no longer participate in the Games.'' He also demanded that offending officials should be severely punished.

''The Sports Authority of India (SAI) should be made to apologize to Monika and the people of Manipur and other North Eastern states of the country,'' Bardhan added in the letter.

Meanwhile, Sports Minister M S Gill, who arrived here this morning from Beijing has assured Monika Devi that appropriate action will be taken against the guilty, and has instituted an inquiry committee to look in to the matter.

Former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy was today appointed to investigate the issue.


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