Gill appoints Krishnamurthy to probe Monika Devi's doping case

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (UNI) To subside the growing controversy over weightlifter Monika Devi, Sports Minister M S Gill today appointed former chief election commissioner T S Krishnamurthy to probe the matter.

''I have told him (Krishnamurthy) to come to Delhi at the earliest to hold his inquiry and to favour me with his report and recommendations at the earliest,'' Gill said in a statement.

Krishnamurthy has been asked to submit his report within a week, sources in the Sports Ministry said.

Gill said when he returned from Beijing this morning, he was briefed on matters related to Monika.

''Questions arose about her dope test, timing and release of the reports, which led to her not being sent to Beijing Olympics,'' the minister added.

He further said he was aware of the whole issue and discussed all the aspects of ''this unfortunate incident''. Finally he decided to appoint an inquiry immediately under Krishnamurthy to go ''into all aspects of this matter immediately so as to bring out the precise truth.'' Earlier, Monika could not go to Beijing on August 6 at the last moment after she tested positive for banned substance.

Three days later, the Manipuri weightlifter was cleared of the charges by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) but by then it was too late for her to join the Indian contingent at the Olympics.

''As Sports Minister while I am determined to set up an independent technically proficient dope testing mechanism which has credibility in the world, I am also anxious that no sportsperson should suffer due to any laxity or delay on the part of this testing mechanism,'' he said.

He assured a prompt and firm action in Monika Devi's case.

''I am determined to ensure that such incidents do not happen in future. I want to assure all sports-persons that they will get full consideration and fair treatment from me at all times,'' he added.

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