first_imgSports minister Ajay Maken has called Sajib Kumar Nandi, a junior scientific officer with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), for a meeting on Thursday, a day after the latter was allegedly assaulted by the security staff at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Ajay MakenThe security personnel at the NIS, Patiala, allegedly assaulted Nandi, who is credited for blowing the whistle on the systemic doping of athletes.He said he was manhandled when he attempted to enter the sports complex to meet Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, who is probing the issues related to the positive dope cases of eight Indian athletes.He said that the security personnel prevented him from entering the premises. The security personnel told him that senior SAI officials had directed them not to let Nandi enter the premises.Nandi claims that he has evidence which could help Mudgal in his investigation but the NIS; Patiala staff denied him a meeting with the former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.”At around 3 pm today, I tried to go inside the campus to seek an appointment with Mukul Mudgal. I had a presentation to make before him which can help him in his investigation into the doping scandal in Indian athletics,” Nandi said.”I was pushed and one security guard held my hand. They said that they had orders against my entry into the NIS premises. I asked them to show me the orders after which they assaulted me,” he alleged.However, Maken has called him for a meeting on Thursday and the sports minister will look into the evidence that Nandi claims to have.advertisementNandi blew the lid off SAI’s role in facilitating doping at its various centres across the country and claimed that organised doping was taking place over there in which SAI officials, federations and coaches were also involved.Nandi has neither been suspended nor dismissed but since 2005, he is not on the payroll of the SAI and stays out of the premises of NIS Patiala, where he was appointed in 1990.Sonia’s ‘B’ Sample PositiveMeanwhile, shot putter Sonia’s ‘B’ sample has also returned positive and she now faces a two- year ban.Sonia tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone.The chairman of the anti-doping disciplinary panel will now fix a date for her hearing where she will put forth her defence.Long jumper Hari Krishan Muralidharan’s ‘B’ sample report is expected to be out on Thursday.last_img

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