Monika's case: CBI team in town
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 20 2008: With the Central Bureau of Investigation entrusted with the task of probing the circumstances that led to the last minute exclusion of weight lifter L Monika Devi from the Beijing Olympic squad, a CBI team arrived at Imphal yesterday in connection with the case.

According to information received here the four member CBI team is led by Deputy Superintendent of Police KS Thakur.

L Monika Devi-File photo

The team has started its investigative works from today.

The case was handed over to the CBI following the demand from various sports organisations based in Manipur as well as at the personal insistence of State Youth Affairs and Sports Minister N Biren.

This was not withstanding the fact that the Centre had instituted an inquiry commission led by former Chief Election Commissioner of India Krishnamurthi.

Once the case landed at the doorstep of the CBI, the then Director of the Sports Authority of India, RK Naidu was transferred and after the initial investigation at Delhi, the focus has now shifted to Manipur, with the agency deputing a four member team to Imphal yesterday.

The CBI team met the Chief Secretary, DGP and other officials concerned in connection with the case today.

A meeting with the Chief Minister is also in the pipeline, said a reliable source while talking to The Sangai Express.

The team is likely to stay a few more days at Imphal to proceed with the investigation.