The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday registered a case in the alleged dope scandal involving international wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was barred from participating in the Rio Olympics after banned substances were found in his urine samples.
The case was registered by the CBI on the request of the Haryana government and further notification from the government of India, said a CBI officer.
The CBI had taken over the case from the Haryana Police which had filed an FIR on July 27.
According to rules, CBI re-registers the FIR filed by state police but it is free to come up with any conclusion which emerges during probe.
The case has been registered under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
In the complaint filed by Yadav which has been taken over by CBI, it was alleged that Jitesh, a wrestler of Dariyapur Kalan, mixed narcotics and banned substances in his meals and drinks to stop his participation in the Rio Olympics, the sources said.
"It was alleged that spiking of some restricted material (narcotic) in the meal/water of said international wrestler was to stop his participation in Rio Olympics for which he had qualified," CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said without revealing the name of the wrestler but confirmed that he resided at Daryapur Kalan in Delhi.
Yadav was slapped with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration (CAS) during the Olympics barring him from the Games. After the development, the WFI had been demanding a CBI probe into the matter.
The wrestler was tested positive for banned substance for about 20 days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games.
Yadav had alleged conspiracy against him saying his food and drinks were spiked at SAI hostel in Sonepat but failed to provide any substantial theory to substantiate his allegations.
He was debarred from representing India at the Rio Games in the 74 kg freestyle wrestling event but later NADA allowed him to participate in the game as it accepted the sabotage hypothesis advanced by the wrestler.
During the course of the Games, the CAS slapped a ban on him for flunking a dope test following WADA's challenge to the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) just three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.
However, during the hearing at Rio de Janeiro, WADA had said if any decision was rendered at a later stage by a criminal court in India, which confirmed the alleged sabotage, then any award made by the ad-hoc panel could be reviewed by the Supreme Court in Switzerland, where the CAS is based.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on September 16 referred the alleged dope case of Yadav to the CBI.
After arriving from Rio de Janeiro, WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh requested the Prime Minister's Office that the probe be carried out by the country's premier investigating agency.
The complaint was later forwarded to the CBI.