Badminton Association officials make their kids pose as players for free Japan trip


New Delhi, March 1: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted its preliminary report to Sports Ministry and alleged top office-bearers of Badminton Association of India (BAI) including its president Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta for fraud and nepotism.

He is the Chairman of Babu Banarasi Das Educational Society, Lucknow which runs the following institutions:

As per the sources, CBI in its report has alleged that all the top officials of Badminton Association sent their wards to Japan as players for a goodwill trip. As per the sources despite CBI’s report, there has been no action so far.

The investigation pointed out that children of the office-bearers of BAI and its Delhi unit -Delhi Capital Badminton Association (DCBA) are not qualified to be sent as players. As per the selection criterion, only those players between 17 and 23 years old who have played in any state or regional-level tournament were eligible for the trip.

The tournament was organised by the Japanese government in Tokyo as part of Youth Sports Exchange Programme. The Japanese government had paid all the expenses as the aim for the exchange programme was to promote Japanese culture and values among the youth of ASEAN countries.

The players were accompanied by two supervisors.

CBI sources alleged that apart from Akhilesh Das Gupta, who is former MP and son of former UP CM Banarasi Das, other top officer-bearers, including DCBA general secretary Jitender Kochar, DCBA vice-president Harish Ahuja, former secretary of DCBA Apinder Sabharwal, former treasurer of DCBA Kamal Kumar Thapar and former member Harish Mittal, meddled in to short-list their wards and kin for the trip.

No notice or advertisement was directed by BAI or DCBA for inviting eligible badminton players for the Japan trip.

However reacting to the news, Akhilesh Das Gupta said, “It was a city exchange programme and BAI had nothing to do with it. DCBA had selected the youngsters as this programme was between Delhi and Tokyo. It was just not a sports programme but kids had to participate in quiz and cultural events.

As far as my daughter is concerned, she went to Tokyo as she was selected by DCBA and I was not part of the selection. The criteria was that youngsters need to have knowledge of badminton. My daughter has won bronze medal in national school championship organised by CBSE. She has represented Delhi,” he said.

He added, we have replied to the government on this issue. Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta is a prominent educationist. At present, he is the President[3] of Badminton Association of India, Vice President of Badminton Asia Confederation, Member – Executive Council of Badminton World Federation & Vice President of Indian Olympic Association

At present, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta is the President of Badminton Association of India, Vice President of Badminton Asia Confederation, Member – Executive Council of Badminton World Federation and Vice President of Indian Olympic Association. Besides he is alo Chairman of Babu Banarasi Das Educational Society.

Wefornews Bureau

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