Sports minister asks Gill to resign after hockey sting (Lead)

April 22nd, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by admin  


The minister said he would take action against corruption in the hockey federation even as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) called an emergency meeting to discuss the fallout of the incident. “I believe in the totality of the situation. The IHF president must also introspect and review his position. In full consideration of the situation facing Indian hockey and the national need, I urge him to consider withdrawing from his current responsibility,” M.S. Gill said in a statement.

“It is time to let other Indians make an attempt to lift our hockey.”

Headlines Today channel in a sting operation Monday night showed Jothikumaran accepting money to include an unnamed player in the national team for the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia next month.

Jothikumaran was shown agreeing to include the player on insistence of some people whose faces were not shown on camera.

The channel showed Jothikumaran receiving Rs.200,000 in cash and then asking for Rs.300,000 more to be given to his “man” in New Delhi in return for the favour. The channel claimed that the money was handed over to him in a hotel

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