IHF secretary-general denies corruption chargesApril 22nd, 2008 - 4:50 pm ICT by admin
Chennai, April 22 (IANS) Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) secretary-general Kandaswamy Jothikumaran Tuesday denied he had struck a “corrupt” deal with the reporters of a TV channel that aired a sting operation showing him accepting bribe for inducting a player in the national squad. The footage showed Jothikumaran accepting a “bribe” of Rs.500,000 to include an unnamed player in the national team for next month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia.
But Jothikumaran asserted at no point in his career as the secretary-general of IHF he had resorted to any corrupt deals.
“I was genuinely under the impression that a proposal for conducting a big tournament on the lines of Azlan Shah Cup was being debated with me by the reporters. At no point of time did I mention anything about selection,” Jothikumaran said in a statement.
“The money they allege that I had taken was in my opinion to meet the initial expenses for organising the event in India. I am hoping to talk to the IHF president K.P.S. Gill and decide how to deal with this issue,” he added.
The sting operation has caused quite a buzz in the hockey circles with a senior member of the IHF executive committee informing IANS on condition of anonymity that the television expose was only the tip of the iceberg.
“The point is that we have no issues on who heads the IHF so long as he functions as per the constitution. So far, the administration has flouted virtually every rule in the book. We are hoping that with Jothikumaran’s resignation, we will have fresh elections so that a new body takes over,” he said.
Reacting to Jothikumaran’s claim that he had accepted the money to conduct a tournament, the committee member said: “How can he even make such a claim? You cannot simply announce a tournament and receive funds even before the executive committee clears the proposal.
“There has been no such proposal for a tournament and even if Jothikumaran is speaking the truth, he is still contravening the IHF constitution.”
The senior member also said that the federation was in need of a complete overhaul and that is possible only if fresh elections are held.
“IHF needs fresh office-bearers who are in tune with reality and now that Jothikumaran has resigned, let’s hope it will bring about a change in the set-up,” he said.
- Gill turns down merger proposal with HI - Jun 24, 2011
- IHF rejects IOA's three-member panel - Aug 30, 2012
- HI, IHF in talks on unification - Jun 19, 2011
- Reinstated by court, Gill vows to be back in action - May 21, 2010
- FIH rejects HI-IHF unification (Lead) - Jul 29, 2011
- Probe bribery charge against hockey official: Jaiswal - Apr 22, 2008
- FIH frowns at HI-IHF unification, pulls tournaments out of India - Jul 29, 2011
- IHF seeks seven days to reply to sports ministry's proposal - Jun 14, 2011
- Indian hockey gets a breather with joint board (Lead) - Jul 25, 2011
- HI, IHF make headway in resolving hockey crisis - Jul 14, 2011
- Sports ministry to evaluate HI-IHF power sharing formula - Aug 04, 2011
- 'PHF negating 2012 Olympics vision by selecting senior players for Azlan Shah Cup' - Apr 30, 2011
- Maken gives HI, IHF a blueprint for merger - Jun 11, 2011
- IOA should facilitate IHF-HI unification: Shetty - Jul 27, 2011
- Hockey India to send team for Azlan Shah cup: Apex court - Mar 11, 2011
Tags: anonymity, azlan shah cup, bribe, circles, committee member, corruption charges, executive committee, ihf, indian hockey federation, initial expenses, resignation, rs 500, secretary general, speaking the truth, sting operation, sultan azlan shah, sultan azlan shah cup, tip of the iceberg, tv channel, unnamed player