Advani bats for Monika
Source: The Sangai Express / PTI

New Delhi, August 13: Weightlifter Monika Devi, who was involved in a doping controversy, today found support in senior BJP leader LK Advani who said "great injustice" had been done to her as well as the country and sought an impartial and speedy inquiry into the episode.

He suggested Monika could have got the second gold medal for India at the Beijing Olympics if she had not been prevented from attending the sporting extravaganza be cause of doping charges which were later dropped.

"I felt really sad (on hearing about Monika's case).

May be because of her, because of Manipur, India would have earned a name, in the Olympics going on in China.

I heard the news of the doping controversy and two days later it was said that it was wrong" he said.

Advani, who was speaking at a function organised by a Manipur group to pay homage to two martyrs hanged by the British in 1891, said it was after many years that India had won a gold in the Olympics.

"Of course, that is in shooting but this (Monika's) could have been another" he said adding, "Great injustice has been done.

Not only to the lady herself but to Manipur and also to the country".

Monika Devi was "found guilty" of using a banned substance.

However, further tests exonerated her but by then it was too late for her to represent India at the Olympics.

"It shows our sports administration in a very poor light.

There should be an impartial and speedy inquiry into this episode and the guilty should be punished.

Equally important is the need to ensure that such incidents do not recur" he said.

Manipur Government has already demanded a CBI probe into the issue.