Malappuram: Kerala State Volleyball Association (KSVA) and veteran player Tom Joseph, the two parties who have been engaged in a tirade against each other over the last few days, have continued to bombard the rival court with allegations and counter allegations.
Tuesday, the State Sports Council too joined the tussle, threatening the sports body of dire consequences if it refused to mend its ways.
Arjuna awardee Tom, who was served a show-cause notice by KSVA for taking to social media to vent his anger, said that he would file a complaint with the chief minister against association secretary Nalakath Basheer.
Tom has also decided to lodge a defamation suit against KSVA for making ‘false and baseless innuendos and allegations’.
“I will not file a reply to the show-cause notice. I leave it to volleyball lovers in Kerala to give them a fitting reply,” Tom said.
While serving the notice on Tom, the association had made it clear that if his reply was not satisfactory, he would be suspended for a year.
Issuing a stern warning to the association against the ongoing infighting, Sports Council president T.P. Dasan said, “If the association takes no efforts to put an end to this ugly spat, we will be forced to initiate stringent measures including cancellation of grants and other provisions the sports body is entitled to. The council has so far refrained from taking any action only because of its concern for players,“ he said.
If anyone thinks that influence and money power is a license to take arbitrary decisions, they are mistaken, he added.
Meanwhile, Tom has decided to sharpen the attack on KSVA secretary Nalakath Basheer who made some scathing remarks, questioning the former’s eligibility to be conferred with the Arjuna award.
An official complaint will be made against the secretary with the chief minister, sports minister and the Sports Council for ‘making false and baseless allegations’, the 37-year-old volleyball player said.
He is also planning to lodge a petition with the president, prime minister, and the union sports minister against the secretary for ‘making fun of the Arjuna award and the recipients’.
Basheer stirred up a hornet’s nest with his comments that Arjuna awardees virtually lick the boots of association officials to get honored.
Tom will also approach the chief minister, DGP and the vigilance commissioner, seeking a detailed probe to bring the allegations of corruption against Basheer to light.