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Glasgow CWG 2014: Indian sports officials acquitted but the episode leaves many unanswered questions
Indian sports fans were shocked and equally hurt when news about the arrest of Indian Olympic Association's (IAO) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and wrestling referee Virendra Malik in Glasgow on 1st August, 2014 began to make rounds.

Though, they were freed afterwards by the court as the allegations against them were dropped due to "lack of evidences," but the case, no doubt, shed a bad light on Indian sports.

Our sports persons exhibited perseverance and dexterity in various 2014 CWG events, giving their best and brought laurels to the country. Especially, when India is more of a cricket loving country and other sports hardly gets a chance to hog the media space, still payers of other sporting events performed excellently well to bring glory to the nation.

This was for the first time that a senior official (Rajiv Mehta) of IOA- a premier sports body of country has been arrested abroad on the penultimate day of CWG Glasgow that not only brought embarrassment to the sportspersons who did so well in the game and India but also put ample amount of shame on IOA with some traces of dispute as well.

Looking at his career path, one can easily gauge that Rajeev Mehta has had a meteoric rise in Indian sports in recent years from a modest sports background as president of low profile Kho Kho federation of India (KKFI) and the swift rise in his career was due to his proximity to former IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary General Randhir Singh. Also there had been cases of financial irregularities in his name.

Virendra Malik is a category- I referee with world body FILA. As of now Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has suspended Malik and is waiting for the investigation report for further action but IOA is in no mood to take any action against Mehta. Does that mean the "lack of evidence" give clean chit to these tainted officials? It cannot be a YES anyway.

Because the point is not that they have been released but what is more important here is, after all why they were arrested? Secondly, we know that the Indian Consulate at Edinburgh was liaising with the Scotland police in this matter. May be, discharge is a result of effective co-ordination of Indian Consulate.

For a moment lets observe how surprising is this. A person arrested for drunk driving was given a clean chit in alcohol test while there has been "no CCTV footage" of a person sexually harassing a receptionist in a high class hotel. Aren't these ridiculous explanations? Clearly these officials have been saved!

It was more of a shock to notice that there was no stand from any premier sports officials against these infected babus while this controversy broke out and the statement given by IOA president N. Ramachandran just revealed the rape mentality in India "Galti Ho Jati Hai".

In the past also we have had allegations of molestations and sexual harassments against officials, where the officials had been hushed and the offenders have been let go scot-free.

But enough is enough. Our sportspersons are working hard without much support to get success in various international sporting events, there are some crooked officials who compromise the nations glory with their reprehensible conduct.

Such people should be punished to the fullest extent of the law or at least get a life time ban to hold any position in any sports body of India. Once proved guilty these officials should be put behind bar for rest of their life.

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