Seeking to put further pressure on Arun Jaitley, banned IHF president KPS Gill on Wednesday urged the Delhi government to probe the Union Finance Minister’s “conflict of interest” in the national hockey body, an allegation which was outrightly rejected by Hockey India.
Former top cop, Gill, who is the chief of banned Indian Hockey Federation, has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, alleging that Jaitley had appointed his daughter Sonali as the counsel for Hockey India (HI) when he was a member of the advisory board of Hockey India League.
HI President Narinder Batra strongly refuted the allegations, saying Gill’s charges were “baseless”.
Batra said it was just a “creation” by the banned IHF chief to settle scores with him.
Batra admitted that Jaitley’s daughter Sonali fought one of the many cases for HI for a very brief period but just as a professional and it was unfair to attach any motives.
“The time that KPS Gill is talking about, we had a number of cases to fight. To be precise we had 22 cases to fight in that period in different places of the country, so we had to hire a lot of lawyers and lot of law firms. Jaitley and Bakshi firm was one of them. The money that went to them was hardly 2 per cent. So I don’t know where the conflict of interest comes from,” Batra told reporters.