New Delhi: Miffed in the controversy over alleged involvement in irregularities in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Former Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi is facing strong brunt from the Sports Ministry as far as his returning as the President of Indian Olympic Association is concerned.

Expressing his strong opposition over the entire episode, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday said that although he would not get over intrusive in the issue but his (Kalmadi) return as the IOC President is quite unacceptable to the Ministry.

He further asserted that he is uncomfortable with the entry of a person who is facing corruption charges of such a high level without getting clean chit from the honourable court of law.

Kalmadi, who was granted bail last week, by the Delhi High Court after spending nearly nine months in prison, has not resigned from the post even though he has stated that he won't be able to carry out his duties.

When asked about some IOA members favouring Kalmadi’s entry, Maken said, “It is really unfortunate that people still want a tainted person back in such a reputed association.

Kalamdi’s entry without getting cleared of corruption charges will be ill-fateful in the spirit of sports.”

It is worth mentioning, soon after getting released on bail, Kalmadi had been suggested by Maken to clear his stand and announce a formal exit from the IOC soon.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has also asked IOA to explain the current and exact situation of sacked CWG Organising Committee Chief Kalmadi before the court of law.

Notably, IOA has been directed not to include Kalmadi in the association meetings as of now.

JPN/Bureau