BTC doping scandal: CID files charge sheet against six

Bengaluru: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probing the alleged doping scandal in the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) filed a charge sheet against six, including then BTC Chief Executive Officer Nirmal Prasad, in the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court on Tuesday.

The charge sheet alleges that Prasad, in conspiracy with the co-owner of the horse in question, veterinarian, horse trainer and others, suppressed the first report that tested positive for doping and ensured that a second report showed the drug traces were within acceptable limits.

Others named as accused in the charge sheet are Pradyumna Singh, chief stipendiary steward; Vivek Ubhaykar, steward, BTC; and Arjun Sajnani, co-owner of the horse Queen Latifa that tested positive for doping; Neel Darashah, trainer of the horse; and Dr. H.S. Mahesh, deputy chief veterinary officer, BTC. The accused have been booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating people who placed bets on horses and for the cover up.

The CID, in its charge sheet, has alleged that Queen Latifa won after being administered dope on March 5, 2017 in the BTC and the test report on doping was suppressed. The horse participated in another race in Ooty on April 14, 2017 where it was billed as a favourite, but ended up fourth. This amounts to cheating a total of 32,013 people who had bet in these two races, the CID has stated in the charge sheet.

The charge sheet alleges that Prasad entered into a conspiracy with Arjun Sajnani and Vivek Ubhaykar, and suppressed the report from National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) that said 1.22 Ng/ml of Procaine was found in the urine sample of Queen Latifa. The charge sheet alleges that Prasad not only suppressed the report from BTC Chairman Harindra Shetty but also ensured a letter by BTC members asking the president to probe the doping scandal did not reach him.

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