Email exchange reveals widening rift in BI.
REACTING to Boxing India ( BI) president Sandeep Jajodia's allegations that his signature was forged, secretary general Jay Kowli said he personally gained nothing from it, and that it was done for the ' benefit' of Indian boxing. Jajodia had alleged that Kowli forged his signature in the documents sent to the Asian Boxing Confederation ( ASBC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, earlier this month, where the BI chief was contesting for the continental body's vice- presidency.
In a series of email conversations between Jajodia and Kowli, which are in possession of M AIL T ODAY , the president wrote: " This illegal and un- authorised use of my digital signature is the clear breach of trust and amounts to a
fraud. These signatures were entrusted to your custody for specific purpose for issuance of the certificates for 2015 Men's Nationals held at Nagpur only," wrote Jajodia.
Kowli hit back saying his act benefited Indian boxing and Jajodia in particular. " The so- called fraud had no benefit except to BI and, in fact, you in particular. To clarify, was there any monetary benefit derived or was it a face- saving action to rectify a silence on behalf of BI," he wrote in an email sent on April 22.
Kowli wrote that his act didn't fall in the category of fraud as he had copied the letter he sent to the ASBC to the BI president as well and also let him know about the development through an SMS on April 12.
" Wasn't this mail to the ASBC copied to you? Wasn't there a mention in my email that these forms are sent to ensure India's participation within the timeline?" wrote Kowli.
" Today's d last day for India's nominations for Asia & still we havn't finalised anything. Anyway I'll try to send forms to ASBC to avoid missing deadline," the SMS dated April 12 said.
The boxing fraternity was furious because Jajodia didn't attend the meeting in Almaty, where his election was a formality.
Instead, Jajodia sent Udit Sheth, BI vicepresident, and his associate Nitin Beri, who weren't part of the executive council. Kowli also criticised the decision. " And whom did you nominate? Can you please elaborate on that? Does anybody in EC know about it?" Jajodia and Kowli face a no- confidence motion by the BI- affiliated units in a meeting in New Delhi on May 3. The units claim they decided so after the duo asked them to boycott the National Games in Kerala.
However, in an email dated January 22, 2015, to Jajodia, Kowli had suggested a formula to conduct the Games. " Now, of course, we have to guard BI's interest first and then move accordingly, however, if we agree then BI can assist IOA to run boxing at NG2015 in following way... NG2015 Kerala boxing should be run by: IOA+ the Indian Amateur Boxing Association+ BI coordination committee," he wrote.
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