The post of jury of appeal in shooting demands integrity from the incumbent. But at the Commonwealth Games, the position, which can make or mar a shooter's medal hopes, has been given to one who is allegedly involved in multiple cases of financial bungling.
Shyam Singh Yadav's credentials as a "promoter" of the sport are not being questioned, but with a tainted background, sources say his ability to discharge duties in a proper manner at India's biggest-ever sporting extravaganza is under doubt.
An administrative officer with the Uttar Pradesh government, Yadav, who is the treasurer of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and president of the UP State Rifle Association, has been made jury of appeal despite several senior officials possessing better credentials.
During his tenure as municipal commissioner, Agra, Yadav was charged with financial bungling, illegal land transfer and favoritism in appointments. Documents in possession of Hindustan Times also show he is guilty of violating the UP State Employees' Service Rules 1956.
A letter written by the then-additional municipal commissioner of Agra, Rajesh Kumar (dated November 1, 2008), had also blamed Yadav of illegal payment of R 27,39,981 to a private security agency for hiring guards for personal security. Kumar had even recommended an FIR against him and deduction of R 7,05,192 from his salary.
Yadav also misused R 49,91,119 of municipal corporation money for the setting up a shooting range in Agra on land, which was pastoral ground in municipal corporation records.
A seven-point chargesheet issued against Yadav in 2008 by the state government, after his suspension, said he overwrote and altered mark sheets of candidates for the posts of driver, cleaner and junior fitter while he was head of the selection panel in Agra.
Among the charges was non-payment of R 3,64,520 as penal rent for his government quarter during his posting in Ghaziabad between July 2007 and November 2008.
Yadav, refuted the charges. “The charges are malafide and I done nothing wrong. I am being made a victim of infighting. I tried to work with honesty during my postings,” he told HT on Friday.
He claimed his nomination as jury of appeal had nothing to do with his administrative duties.
“I have been given this opportunity because of my credentials in the game,” he said, adding, “Every time there has been an inquiry, my transfers or suspensions have been revoked by the Supreme Court and High Court. If I had done wrong, the courts wouldn't have given me relief.”