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CBI raids Narinder Batra's former office at IOA

Batra on Monday resigned as FIH president and gave up his IOC membership, too

narinder-batra1-arvind-jain International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra | Arvind Jain

Veteran sports administrator Narinder Batra's former office at the Indian Olympic Association headquarters and the Hockey India office in New Delhi were on Monday raided by CBI officials who claimed to have "recovered incriminating documents and records" relating to an alleged misappropriation of funds.

Batra on Monday resigned as President of International Hockey Federation (FIH) and also gave up his IOC membership, almost two months after a High Court ruling ended his reign as IOA chief.

Batra quit his positions hours after the CBI conducted multiple raids at his residence and offices in New Delhi and Jammu.

"Searches were conducted today at offices of HI & IOA at Delhi; residential premises of the accused at New Delhi & Jammu which led to recovery of incriminating documents/records. Investigation is continuing," the CBI said on its website.

In April, the CBI had initiated a preliminary inquiry against Batra for alleged misappropriation of Hockey India funds to the tune of Rs 35 lakh.

The CBI also registered cases against former Hockey India president Rajinder Singh, ex-secretary general Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad - who later became president - and former executive director R.K. Srivastava "for committing illegalities for renovation and furnishing of the office of IOA president in 2018".

"It was alleged that during 2018, then HI President and then Secretary General in conspiracy with then IOA President and then Executive Director got executed the work of renovation & furnishing of the office of then IOA President without prior approval of Executive Board of Hockey India," CBI statement said.

"It was further alleged that in order to justify and to cover up the fraudulent expenditure at approval stage, the accused fabricated and falsified the records."


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