AFC seeks evidence of corruption charges against AIFF boss Kalyan Chaubey | Football News

Mar14,2024



New Delhi: Responding to media articles, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has asked AIFFOusted legal chief, Nilanjan Bhattacharjee, to present evidence for corruption charges leveled against national federation chief Kalyan ChoubeyAcknowledging it as a “serious matter”.
“Given the seriousness of this matter, we request you to provide the AFC with a full written report setting out your position on this matter.
By March 18, 2024 at the latest,” wrote Barry Lysaght, deputy secretary of the AFC Discipline and Ethics Committee.
A copy of the letter is with TOI. The matter was first reported by TOI on March 1, 2024.
Bhattacharjee told TOI, “I am extremely happy that the AFC has taken cognizance of the allegations and termed them as serious. This is not a regular occurrence. I have not raised these issues out of malice nor do I have any personal interest. We have to clean up the corruption in AIFF so that our soccer “We get a clean, fresh start,” Bhattacharjee said.
“I will hand over all the evidence I have to the AFC within the stipulated time.”
AIFF president Choubey had served a legal notice to Bhattacharjee on the allegations on March 6. Bhattacharjee, in a letter to PM Narendra Modi, had alleged that “Choubey was part of non-transparent tender processes and had attempted to siphon off money from the federation for personal expenses.”
In that letter he had also alleged that “dues of lawyers amounting to more than Rs 50 lakh have not been paid.”
Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia, who contested for the presidency but lost to Choubey, demanded his resignation.
“Now is the time for him to resign because apart from other things, the image of the federation is being tarnished,” Bhutia said.



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