CWG: IOA secy general Rajeev Mehta, wrestling referee Virender Malik arrested in Glasgow
Glasgow: The Indian contingent at the CWG here was yesterday left thoroughly embarrassed after IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and an unattached wrestling referee, Virender Malik, were arrested on different charges.
While Mehta has been arrested for drunken driving, Malik, who is not a part of the official contingent faces a serious charge of sexual assault.
Scotland Yard says...
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman confirmed the arrests but refused to divulge anything more. "On August 2, a 49-year-old man was arrested following reports of an alleged assault at City Centre of Glasgow.
On August 2, a 45-year-old man was arrested following reports of an alleged assault in the west of Glasgow," said the spokeswoman.
The two will be produced in court today. The duo was, however, not staying with the official 215-strong contingent put up at the Games Village. Both were reportedly lodged at a local hotel.
Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper said: "We are aware of the matter. It is a matter of Scotland Police and any question related to this issue should be addressed to them."
The Indian Consulate in Edinburgh: "We have learnt about the detention of two members of the Commonwealth contingent by Glasgow police. Our Consulate in Edinburgh has deputed an official to Glasgow to keep in touch with the police to ascertain full factual details of the case.
We are also in touch with the team," a spokesman said. According to unconfirmed reports, Mehta was allegedly caught drink-driving and told the police not to release details of his arrest even to his family, which is travelling with him.
Depending on how much over the legal alcohol limit he was, Mehta could face anything from a hefty fine or a driving ban to even a jail term.
New Delhi: President of the low-profile Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI), Rajeev Mehta was elected IOA secretary general in February following which the International Olympic Committee lifted India's suspension.
Mehta had the blessings of Haryana's Abhay Chautala, whose controversial election as IOA chief led to India's suspension by the IOC in 2012.
Besides being president of KKFI, Mehta is also the Associate VP of Hockey India and was ex-chief of the Uttarakhand Football Association. He was not part of the Indian contingent, but was a CWG Federation invitee and even gave away medals to winners.