Rajeev Mehta, secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association, who is leading the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games, and wrestling referee Virender Singh Malik, were arrested in Glasgow on Saturday, the police said. The two are in custody and will be produced in court on Monday. Mehta was allegedly driving without a licence and was above the legal alcohol limit. Malik was allegedly involved in sexual assault in a hotel in Glasgow.
A spokeswoman of Police Scotland told HT that two male members aged 45 and 49 were arrested on charges of alleged assault; one of them in the Glasgow city centre and the other in the west of the city.
The Indian high commission in London said: “We have learnt about the detention of two members of the Commonwealth contingent by the local (Glasgow) police. Our consulate in Edinburgh has deputed an official to Glasgow to keep in close touch with the police to ascertain full facts of the case. We are also in touch with the team”.
In the UK, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.
Team India with 215 athletes competing in 14 sports is currently fifth in the medals tally.