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Drama at Asian Games Torch Lighting ceremony

August 09, 2014 22:26 IST

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The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, who was arrested by the Scotland Police in an alleged drunk driving, during the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games, avoided coming on the dais despite being present at the Asiad Torch Lighting ceremony at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi o Saturday.

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Image: Squash player Dipika Pallikal, right, during the torch relay ceremony of 17th Asian Games 2014 at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday
Photographs: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photos

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Mehta's name was announced by the emcee during the function but he was nowhere to be seen in the public view, even though the tainted official was very much present at the occasion and was believed to be there in the stands.

"I was there in the stands. I had to leave for a meeting but I went only after the function," Mehta said.

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Image: Shreyasi Singh, left, during the torch relay ceremony of 17th Asian Games 2014 at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday
Photographs: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photos
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Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said that the government had sought a report on how Indian Olympic Association's Mehta and international wrestling referee Virender Malik were arrested by the Scotland police at Glasgow.

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Image: Hockey captain Sardar Singh
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Meanwhile, the IOA president N Ramachandran informed that the IOA will conduct an internal enquiry into the Glasgow incident and give a detailed report to the government.

He, however, refused to divulge the whether Mehta and Malik would be reprimanded.


Image: Shooter Gagan Narang
Photographs: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photos

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