Narinder Batra resigns as FIH, IOA, and also quits as an IOC member.
Narinder Batra resigned on Monday from all 3 sectors, he resigned as FIH president, He has also stepped down as IOC member also earlier resigned as IOA president
He said – “Due to personal reasons, I submit my resignation from the post of president for which I was elected in 2017. Thank you for your support and guidance,” he wrote in his brief message to the IOA’s executive board members.
He also mentioned that- “Consequently, I’ve decided not to run for a further term as President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). I feel that the time has come to leave this role to someone who is coming with a fresh mind and new ideas to take Indian sports to much much greater heights and also go all out to work to get the 2036 Summer Olympics in India.
The CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry against Batra for alleged misuse of Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India funds. The central probe agency had received a complaint against Batra following which it started a preliminary inquiry, which is the first step to establishing prima facie criminality.
On May 25, when Batra was originally removed as the IOA chief after the Court ruled that his appointment as ‘life member’ of Hockey India (HI) was unconstitutional and illegitimate under the sports code, the two-judge bench had ordered. He knew full well that the post of Life President and Life Member in an NSF is illegal. He had been specifically intimated to by the Government of India. Yet when Hockey India was registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act 1860, on 28.05.2009 and was granted prompt recognition by the Government of India within a couple of days thereof, R-3 went ahead and had himself appointed as Life Member of Hockey India. This smacks of brazen impertinence to the clear mandate of law. It was a less than honest but futile endeavor to institutionalize oneself in a body whose legitimacy itself is contingent upon conformity with the sports code and the law.”
National Desk, Ne India News