New Delhi: Days after Indian athlete Anju Bobby George accused Sports Minister EP Jayarajan for allegedly harassing her and other members of Kerala Sports Council, she has stepped down as Kerala Sports Council President.
According to manoramaonline.com, some of the other sports council members, including volleyball player Tom Joseph, are also likely to quit from their posts.
Earlier, in an open letter to E.P. Jayarajan, Anju demanded a thorough probe into the activities of the Kerala Sports Council for the past decade.
Anju, who was appointed by the Oommen Chandy government last year as president of the Council, got a dressing down from the minister when she went to meet him after he took over. The minister told her that a lot of corruption has taken place during her tenure.
Following this, Anju met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. After the media took up the issue in a big way, former Sports Council president T.P. Dasan alleged that things did not function in a proper manner under George and it was a corrupt regime.
Reacting to this, the former track athlete said she has been at the helm of affairs of the Council for six months.
"I wish to point out that let us not just limit the probe to six months, instead we will look into the entire activities of the Council for the past one decade. This can also include the appointment of my brother. Let the probe be given to director of Vigilance Jacob Thomas," Anju said.
She also pointed out that "a lot of undesirable things have taken place in the Council and let all such things come under the probe".
She said the allegations and accusations have surfaced as some people were eyeing her post.
Anju became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Athletics Championships in Paris in 2003.
The Arjuna awardee has represented the country in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships from 2002 onwards.
(With Agency inputs)