The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has investigated the Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta and other office bearers of the Delhi Capital Badminton Association (DCBA) on charges of nepotism in selection of a team that went to Tokyo for the Youth Sports Exchange Program in 2014 .
But since the agency didn’t have the mandate to initiate a formal criminal probe in the case, the agency referred the matter to the sports ministry for further action few months back.
Akhilesh Das Gupta was not immediately available for comments.
The CBI’s initial probe found that out of the 23 members of the team, seven were wards and close relatives of the office bearers including that of the BAI chief.
Sources said participants were selected without conducting any trials and sending out news about the selection process.
Many others were ineligible as they had not played at any level (regional or state) at the time of selections. One of the criteria for eligibility for the programme was that the players should have played at local and regional tournament in their country.
The CBI sources said expenses for the trip were borne by the government of Japan as the objective of the program is to promote the Japanese culture and values in ASEAN countries and India.