NEW DELHI, June 12: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday refused to take any action against its President Narinder Batra on a complaint of irregularity filed by IOA vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal, stating that the incumbent did not breach the world body�s statutes during his election in 2016.
In a complaint, Mittal accused Batra of violating the FIH�s statues by holding the post of Hockey India (HI) president when he was elected FIH head in November 2016. But FIH�s independent Integrity Unit Chairman Wayne Snell gave a clean chit to Batra, stating that the matter related to Mittal�s complaint is �not sustained�.
�In compliance with the applicable FIH procedure, this complaint was forwarded to the independent FIH Integrity Unit (FIU), which today decided that it will not be taking any action regarding FIH President Dr Batra in relation to this matter on the basis that the matter is not sustained,� the FIH stated.
�Indeed, according to the FIH Statutes at the time, there was no requirement for Dr Batra to change his relationship with Hockey India after his election as FIH President in November 2016. He therefore committed no breach of the procedure or the FIH Statutes,� it added.
Interestingly, Batra claimed that to ensure there was no conflict of interest in his election as FIH chief, he resigned from the post of Hockey India president on November 25, 2016.
Mittal�s allegation on the �illegality� of Batra�s election have emerged amid a feud among the top brass of the IOA.
He had earlier written to the International Olympic Committee, claiming that Batra was �illegally� elected as IOA president.
Mittal�s allegation is that the IOA constitution of 2013, as approved by the IOC, provided that the presidential candidate will have to be a member of the preceding executive council and Batra was not at that time.
He alleged that the constitution�s interpretation was changed to membership of two preceding executive councils instead of only the last council in a Special General Body Meeting held on November 29, 2017. � PTI