Special court rejects police petition for fresh dope tests

Beijing Olympics boxing bronze medallist Vijender Singh received a reprieve of sorts on Wednesday, when the judge of the special court in Fatehgarh Sahib district of Punjab rejected the petition by the State police seeking directions to procure his hair, fingernails and blood samples to ascertain his heroin consumption.

The ace pugilist, whose name had figured in a case related to a major seizure of narcotics from a gang run by an NRI, had been scanned by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for heroin consumption.

The Punjab police, which are investigating the case, had refused to accept the NADA results, where Vijender tested negative.

Special judge Kuldip Singh rejected the police’s plea as Vijender’s blood and urine samples had already been examined by the Agency.