Harassement cases will be dealt with in an impartial way: Gill

Updated: Jul 26, 2010, 15:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Monday
assured that the cases of sexual harassment that have plunged
hockey and weightlifting into a moral crisis would be dealt
with in a "professional and impartial way".

Gill said the Sports Ministry is keeping a tab on the
developments in the scandals that have rocked the two sports.

"The Ministry will do what it has to in a professional
and impartial way," Gill told reporters outside the Parliament

In both the cases, coaches are at the centre of the row
and have been suspended by the respective federations.

In hockey, veteran coach M K Kaushik has been suspended
for alleged sexual harassment of players and the case has been
sent to the Delhi Police for a criminal probe.

In weightlifting, Ramesh Malhotra, who was ironically
recommended for the Dronacharya award by the Federation, has
only been suspended for the time being for allegedly harassing
junior lifters for over a decade.

The accusations against Malhotra were levelled by Sydney
Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari, who is now a
vice-President in the Indian Weightlifting Federation.

Both the coaches have denied the allegations, claiming
the charges are motivated and false.