The attorney for a Monmouth Park (New Jersey) horse trainer accused by state regulators of illegally possessing “over 30 hypodermic needles and syringes and over 80 vials of injectable substances’’ says the items were planted by a disgruntled ex-employee.
Karen Murphy, who represents trainer Aparna Battula, cautioned against a rush to judgement after her client was handed a summary suspension by the New Jersey Racing Commission in an August 9 ruling.
The suspension, handed out after a hearing in which both sides called witnesses, is scheduled to last at least until the 31-year-old Battula, a native of India, appears at another hearing before the Board of Stewards once an analysis of the substances confiscated has been completed.
“I thought we presented a very good rejoinder to what the charges were as we understood them,’’ Murphy said in a telephone interview from Saratoga. “I believe she is totally innocent of what they think happened, which is to have these items on the racetrack. She did not have these items on the racetrack.’’
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