Horseowner Ajay Jalan finally broke his silence pertaining to the administration of a nonrecognised drug, ATB7, on his horse, Haddock, in November 2012. The RCTC top brass, on the other hand, preferred to be tightlipped on the pre¬text that the matter was sub judice.
A senior club member, who did not wish to be named, however, said: “The main question is if the drug in question is in RCTC’s list of prohibit¬ed/banned substances? It is not. Even the court has questioned RCTC that under which category the ATB7 falls.”
The Calcuta Horse Race Society’s (CROS)’s president, Gautam Sen Gupta, still maintains that the aggrieved party could have settled the issue in-house, and amicably.
Jalan, too, did not want to make any comment on the same ground. When asked, if the drug in question was a prohibited/banned substance in the RCTC’s list of 2013. “Not that I’m aware of it. I had asked the Board of Appeal and the stewards to inform me under which category it falls. I’v not got any reply till date;” Jalan said .