AITA secretary Anil Khanna is furious over allegations that favouritism played a part in his son winning the contract in the tender process for construction of new courts at the RK Khanna Tennis Stadium, as well as assertions that the courts are unfit to play on. Excerpts from an interaction with the Hindustan Times .
On a conflict of interest arising out of his position, and his son’s company winning the bid
First and foremost, my son has not got the contract. He just represents the Australian firm Rebound Ace in India and they submitted the lowest bid for the courts in a transparent global tender process where I was not the deciding authority in any way. The tender was handled by the Delhi Development Authority. I had no say in the matter.
The courts will be cleared by a technical delegate of the International Tennis Federation and not the AITA. Also, just because he is my son, should he be barred from running a business?
On whether Aditya Khanna will gain monetarily from this deal
The amount his company will get is a miniscule commission. Rebound Ace wants to build its reputation in this region. That is why they had the lowest, winning bid. After all their bid is 40 to 50 lakh less and we have actually saved the government money. Rebound Ace won the bid with 1.19 cr.
On the surface causing injuries
Then why has it been approved by the International Olympic Council as the surface for the Youth Olympics in Singapore? The reason why the Australian Open changed from Rebound Ace also has to do with the internal politics of the federation there.
We have made some of the finest courts in India, ever.