Batra cleared by FIH disciplinary panel, but fine imposed

FIH Panel clears its President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra with an undisclosed dine to be paid to charity - InsideSport

The FIH Replacement Disciplinary Commissioner has concluded a disciplinary proceeding against the President of the FIH, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, regarding a Facebook post on 19 June 2017 on his personal account in which English law enforcement authorities were accused of acting in an inappropriate manner in relation to the summoning of Indian player Sardar Singh during the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final London 2017.

According to the news updated on FIH official website, Dr Batra was given a written warning after he regretted his actions and publicly apologised for his emotional burst. He has also been asked to pay an undisclosed amount to a sports charity institution and bear the costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

Batra, who is also the president of Indian Olympic Association, had accused English law enforcement authorities of acting in an inappropriate manner while summoning India player Sardar Singh for questioning in connection with an alleged sexual assault case.

A day ahead of the group game against Pakistan in London last year during Hockey World League, former captain Sardar was summoned at Leeds by Yorkshire police after a complaint filed by an England international hockey player of Indian origin. Speaking in his personal capacity, Batra had slammed the move by the UK authorities to question Sardar in the middle of a tournament without any prior intimation.

FIH release further clears that, he is not restricted in any way to pursue his functions as the FIH President.