On Friday, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) declined to take any action towards its President, Narinder Batra, on a complaint of irregularity filed by IOA vice-president Sudhanshu Mittal, arguing that the incumbent did not breach the statutes of the world body during his 2016 election.
In a complaint Mittal accused Batra of breaching the statutes of the FIH by holding the post of president of Hockey India (HI) when he was elected head of the FIH in November 2016.
But FIH 's independent Chairman of the Integrity Unit, Wayne Snell, gave Batra a clean chit, stating that the complaint relating to Mittal is "not sustained."
"This claim was forwarded to the independent FIH Integrity Unit (FIU) in compliance with the relevant FIH procedure, which decided today that it will not take any action against FIH President Dr Batra in relation to this matter on the ground that the matter is not sustained," the FIH reported.
"However, according to the FIH Statutes at the time, there was no provision for Dr. Batra to alter his relationship with Hockey India after his election as FIH President in November 2016, so he committed no violation of the proceedings or the FIH Statutes," it added.
Interestingly, Batra said that he resigned from the post of president of Hockey India on 25 November 2016 to ensure that there was no conflict of interest in his election as FIH leader.
Amid a dispute among the IOA's top brass, Mittal's accusation about the "illegality" of Batra 's election has emerged.
He had written to the International Olympic Committee earlier, alleging that Batra was "illegally" elected President of the IOA.