AIFF Legal Head Accuses President Kalyan Chaubey Of Corruption

Mar2,2024



All India Football Federation (AIFF) principal legal advisor Nilanjan Bhattacharjee on Saturday made serious “corruption allegations” against president Kalyan Choubey, calling them baseless and saying he would take legal action. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bhattacharjee said Choubey found “corruption avenues” through non-transparent tender process and preferential allotment of tenders.

Bhattacharjee also alleged that Choubey attempted to “withdraw money from the association's coffers” and used AIFF funds for personal expenses.

“…through coercion and in its own subordinate interest, several tenders like telecast of I-League (last season), IWL, Santosh Trophy were allotted in favor of one (company; name withheld), Who were close to the incumbent President,” Bhattacharjee wrote in the letter, which is with PTI.

“Tenders worth crores of rupees were allotted to the same service provider for telecast of futsal and other such tournaments,” he wrote in the letter, a copy of which was also sent to Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

He said that the tender for the existing Santosh Trophy was also given to the same entity.

Bhattacharjee claimed that when he suggested security measures in subsequent tenders, Choubey attempted to “tarnish” his image and professional integrity.

“The current President has spent crores of rupees on his personal trips, hotel stays. For his many visits to Bengaluru alone, his business class travel, local transport and hotel stays are estimated to be over Rs 40 lakh ..” When contacted by PTI, Choubey said he has studied the allegations and will take legal action.

“All these (allegations) are baseless. I will respond legally,” Choubey said.

Bhattacharjee said he was appointed after Choubey takes charge as AIFF chief in September 2022 and his tenure was extended recently.

“My first term ended in October last year,” he told PTI. After that it was extended for another year. But I wouldn't care if I got fired.”

Bhattacharjee had earlier alleged that AIFF had not paid him his retainership amount for a few months last year, but later got it.

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