Former India Olympian Anju Bobby George says Kerala sports minister harassed her

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Former Indian Olympian athlete, Anju Bobby George, made a sensational allegation against the newly appointed sports minister of Kerala, E P Jayarajan, on Thursday accusing him of harassing and insulting her.

Anju met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to complain against Jayarajan, alleging that he had harassed her and other members of the Kerala Sports Council and accused her of misusing funds.

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She said, “We went to meet the Sports Minister as he is a newly elected leader. We thought it would be about sports and what we can do to improve sports. But he told us you all are elected by previous government, you guys belong to other party.”

“He told us that whatever we are doing is against his party. He asked us to stop all the transfers and appointments as they are against the government. He accused us of being corrupt. We were shocked. He told us he can dismiss people. We are sports members, we are supporting the government and not one party. We are not taking any money for our services,” she added.

She added, “There is no question of corruption. If new government wants new members in sports council then they should say.”

Jayarajan, for his part, has denied the allegations

He said, “I did not insult Anju Bobby George. I have information that she has complained to the CM. I had met her and the talks were good.”

Anju had won the bronze medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Althletics in Paris and the gold at the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) in 2005. She had also taken part in Athens Olympics in 2004.

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