Drug: Boxing Star Vijender Singh likely to be arrested

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Mohali, April 4: Indian boxing star Vijender Singh may face serious legal trouble as Punjab police sources on Thursday, April 4 informed that they have been looking at legal options to arrest him in connection with drug haul case.

Speaking on Vijender and the controversial drug haul case, Punjab Police ADG Intelligence HS Dhillon was quoted as saying, "Vijender Singh has not been let off. We are seeking legal advise with new amendments on moving ahead in seeking custody of Vijender Singh."

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) earlier on Wednesday collected urine and blood samples from Beijing Olympics bronze-medallist.

The 27-year-old pugilist came under the scanner when the Punjab Police saw a SUV belonging to his wife Archana during a raid at a NRI drug peddler's flat in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib district on March 7. The vehicle was parked outside the apartment of Anoop Singh Kahlon who has described Vijender as a regular client.

Meanwhile, Ram Singh, Vijender's sparring partner, has been arrested. In his previous statement to police, Ram Singh had said that he took the boxing icon to the Chandigarh airport in the same SUV on March 6.

Later he admitted that both of them had experimented with drugs. Ram Singh claimed that they had mistaken the banned substances for health boosters.

"We were told that we were consuming food supplements meant to increase strength and stamina," Ram Singh told newspersons. He was expelled from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala on March 11.

The Punjab Police dismissed the disgraced head constable on March 28. According to investigators, Vijender has taken heroin at least 12 times till date. However, he denied the charge. Even if it is established that the boxer often consumed heroin, the chances of him being banned for drug use are very less.

"Heroin is a banned drug, but an athlete can be punished only if he tests positive in 'in-competition' testing. Vijender is not training for any competition these days, so he cannot be penalised," NADA director-general Mukul Chatterjee explained.

Despite this, Vijender surprisingly ignored several summons to appear before the police. Though a DSP and an Inspector grilled him on March 11, he refused to give hair and blood samples to investigators.

Finally the Sports Ministry ordered NADA on April 1 to immediately carry out tests on the boxer "for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition."

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