CBI takes up Monika's case, probe registered
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 05: Following a written intimation from Chief Secretary Rakesh to Satyananda Mishra, Secretary in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Department of Personnel and Training and a copy endorsed to the Director of the CBI, the Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a preliminary inquiry in connection with the last minute exclusion of L Monika from the Beijing squad and entrusted a DSP of the CBI, KS Thakur to probe the matter.

Talking to The Sangai Express a reliable source said that the written missive sent to the CBI was received on August 14, which disclosed that Monika was selected for the Beijing Olympics.

CBI in its report said that Monika Devi was supposed to report to the Games village at Beijing on August 7 for dope testing and had to leave India on August 6 .

However at the last minute the Sports Authority of India sent a dope test report to the Indian Weightlifting Federation on August 6 informing that Monika had failed a dope test.

As Monika was to leave on August 6, there was no time for a second dope test and hence she was excluded from the squad at the last minute, said the CBI.

Following this the IWF constituted a Board and a review panel which met on August 6 and August 8 respectively.

The Board and the review panel then came to the conclusion that test conducted by the National Dope Testing Lab was irregular and did not adhere to the norms laid down by the World Anti-Dope Agency.

The dope test of August 6 was also converted to a longitudinal test by a non WADA accredited laboratory and in secrecy.

While considering the longitudinal study, the National Dope Testing Laboratory did not consider the results of dope tests conducted during the last six months, which were negative.

Following the conclusion of the Board and the review panel, the Indian Weightlifting Federation asked the secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association to seek necessary clearance for Monika to go to Beijing.

However the clearance from the IOA could not be obtained as the entry for Monika was already closed.

The circumstances and facts disclose the commission of misconduct against unknown officials of Sports Authority of India and National Dope Testing Laboratory, said CBI.

Taking into account the facts and circumstances, CBI has registered a Preliminary Inquiry and entrusted KS Thakur, DSP to proceed with the inquiry into the matter.

The CBI has also informed the State Govt of its initiative.