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new Delhi: CBI has registered a preliminary inquiry against Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra for alleged misappropriation of Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India Fund. Officials gave this information on Wednesday.

He said the central probe agency had received a complaint against Batra following which it initiated a preliminary inquiry which is the first step towards establishing prima facie criminality.

Officials said the complaint alleged that Rs 35 lakh of Hockey India was used for Batra’s personal gain.

A turf war broke out between Batra and Hockey India recently after a brief communication was sent to the sports federation, questioning the performance of the men’s hockey team in the tournament.

Following Batra’s message, Olympian and 1975 World Cup winning team member Aslam Sher Khan questioned Batra’s interest in Hockey India’s affairs.

Khan said that being the head of the FIH (International Hockey Federation), Batra’s interference in the operations of Hockey India is a clear case of ‘conflict of interest’.

‚ÄúDefinitely, this is a conflict of interest by Batra. He is the FIH president and being in that position, he cannot interfere in the affairs of a national federation in any way,” said Khan, who has challenged some irregularities in the Delhi High Court. Appointments to HI, in which Batra is inducted as a ‘Life Member’.

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