IOA elects Suresh Kalmadi, Abhay Chautala as life-presidents, Govt promises action
Kalmadi has been accused of corruption charges for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala have been elected as presidents of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday.
This is the first time in the history of IOA, such a decision has been taken, added media reports. IOA officials said Kalmadi's name was proposed and unanimously accepted at the body's AGM.
Sports minister Vijay Goel told the media, “We are shocked at the resolution passed by the Indian Olympic Association to make Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala life presidents of the IOA which is totally unacceptable to us as both of them are facing serious corruption and criminal charges.
“In fact, IOA was suspended by IOC when Abhay Chautala and Lalit Bhanot were elected as office bearers of IOA and the suspension was lifted only when the two were removed from the management,” said Goel.
IOA president N Ramachandran said since it was unanimous decision, he had no power to oppose it.
"Someone in the AGM proposed their names and it was unanimously decided that they will be appointed honorary life presidents. I am in no position to oppose the proposal. It must be kept in mind that life presidents have no power. They will not be allowed to attend the executive committee meetings of IOA and they have no vote at the AGM. They can only sit in the chair as observers," he said.
Kalmadi has been accused of corruption charges for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. CBI, which investigated the scam, has given a charge sheet against him the following year. He spent 10 months in jail from April 2011 to January 2012.
Kalmadi was accused favoring sports equipment firm, Swiss Timing in a contract worth Rs 141 crore.
The CBI found his involvement in a contract which was inflated by Rs 95 crores. Kalmadi was later arrested with his accomplices Lalit Bhanot and V K Verma in connection with the scam. He was later suspended from Congress party and also sacked from the post of IOA in 2011.