Consulate saves India the blushes

Glasgow :  The charges against Indian Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta and senior international wrestling referee Virender Malik were dropped on Monday after two hours of negotiations.  Result: The matter did not come up for hearing at the Sheriff’s Court.

But the matter had surely caused some consternation in New Delhi as earlier in the day Malik was suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India with immediate effect for alleged sexual assault.

The decision to let off the two officials came as huge relief for the Indian contingent. While Mehta was arrested for alleged drunken driving, Malik, who is not a part of the official contingent, was facing a more serious charge of alleged sexual assault. The duo was, however, not staying with the official 215-strong contingent which was putting up at the Games village. Both of them were reportedly lodged at a local hotel.

“The charges against both of them have been dropped due to lack of evidence.

They have been released without any charges being framed,” the High Commission official said.

The Indian Consulate in Edinburgh was liaising with the police on the matter. The consulate in Edinburgh had even deputed an official to Glasgow to keep in close touch with the police.

Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association secretary Anandeshwar Pandey, who is part of the IOA delegation and was at the court, said the officials were released after primary investigation.

“During the primary investigation, they (the Scotland Police) couldn’t find enough evidence to frame charges. So they were let off without being produced in the court,” Pandey said. Elaborating on the incident, Pandey added that Mehta was driving a friend’s car and there was a minor accident while coming out of the parking lot.

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