Sting shows IHF secretary general taking bribe

April 22nd, 2008 - 1:06 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Indian hockey courted a fresh controversy Monday night with a television channel claiming to have caught Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) secretary general K. Jothikumaran taking bribe to fix selection of players in the national team. “IHF is highly corrupt and IHF president K.P.S. Gill is oblivious of the corrupt practices,” the channel Headlines Today said in a statement about the sting operation carried out by its special investigation team.

The channel purportedly showed Jothikumaran assuring its undercover investigating team of getting a player picked up for the senior hockey team for the Azlan Shah hockey tournament next month.

Jothikuamran received a cash payment of Rs.200,000 and also asked for Rs.300,000 to be given to his man in Delhi in return of the favour, the channel claimed.

It claimed that the bribe money was given to him in a five-star hotel here in two instalments on April 10 and 11.

Reacting to the report, Gill called it a disgraceful act and promised to take action against the official.

The channel also aired transcripts of a telephone conversation where Jothikumaran is heard assuring the party that he would try to get the player included in the senior team.

Jothikumaran told the party to keep the matter confidential till the formal announcement was made on the team.

The Indian men’s hockey team had failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics for the first time in 80 years, leading to a huge uproar for a change of guard at the helm of IHF.

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