SAI suspends coach for alleged sexual assault on minor
(Sourced from PTI)
The Sports Authority of India on Thursday suspended a Project Officer-turned coach employed by it with immediate effect and ordered an inquiry after he was arrested for alleged sexual assault on a minor girl. The accused, who is aged over 50 years and is an athletics coach, is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The SAI said it has learned that a coach under its payrolls has been arrested after an alleged incident of molesting a 13-year-old girl, reportedly at the Siri Fort Sports Complex where he was giving her private training. "The alleged incident happened in non-SAI premises, where the coach was imparting training to the said minor," the SAI said in a statement.
The coach was imparting training on his own without sanction from a competent authority, added SAI. "The coach has been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered with respect to a breach of conduct rules by the said coach. The alleged incident is being investigated separately by the police under the relevant provision of law," it said.
According to an SAI source, the coach breached his service agreement on two counts -- first imparting private training without taking due approval and second under the POCSO Act, which calls for immediate suspension of a government servant. If found guilty under the POCSO Act, the coach can be punished for a maximum jail sentence of seven years.