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Drug haul: Vijender may not have to undergo NADA test

Apr 02, 2013 11:46 AM IST India India

New Delhi: A big question mark remains on whether India's champion boxer Vijender Singh will be tested by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for heroin consumption or not. CNN-IBN has learned that NADA may throw the rule book at the Sports Ministry after the Sports Ministry asked it to test the Olympic boxer.

According to rules, NADA can only test for performance enhancing drugs and can't test for heroin since it isn't one. Also, NADA can test Vijender Singh only when he is competing, but he is currently not.

NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said, "This is a police case and police are investigating the matter. Vijender is an international player and NADA will conduct a test on Vijender only in accordance with NADA protocol."

The Sports Ministry swung into action on Monday and asked NADA to carry out tests on Vijender Singh for alleged drug use. The Ministry's strong statement came hours after the Punjab Police was "advised" by the District Attorney of Fatehgarh Saheb against collecting the Olympic medallist's blood and hair samples for testing who along with fellow boxer Ram Singh is under scrutiny for alleged involvement in the Mohali drug haul case.

Issuing a statement, the Sports Ministry said, "Reports have appeared in the media regarding alleged consumption of heroin by Vijender Singh. Such reports in respect of a sporting icon are disturbing and may have a debilitating influence on other sportspersons in the country. It has, therefore, been considered necessary that NADA gets a test carried out on Vijender Singh for his reported use of heroin even out-of-competition."

The police, however, maintain that there is no proof of the duo's involvement in drug trafficking or possession of drugs, even though, it adds, they consumed heroin 12 times between December 2012 and February 2013.

The police had said that Vijender and Ram Singh procured the drug from alleged peddlers Anoop Singh Kahlon and Rocky for personal consumption. Fatehgarh Sahib SSP Hardyal Singh Mann said, "We have documentary evidence that he knew they were drugs but we're not sure about his involvement. We have asked for their consent to take samples which has to be done by the law. But he rejected."

The case dates back to March 3 when police seized drugs from a flat in Mohali. The police had seized about 28 kgs of heroin, 61 kg of Pseudophedrine and over Rs 1 crore drug money. About 50 kg of ice was destroyed by the family members of the dealers and the total cost of the seizures is around Rs 130 crore and would fetch Rs 484 crore in the international market.