UT court issues summons to AIFF and CFA secretaries
Taking cognisance of the petition filed by Ankur Khanna, Judicial Magistrate Hirdejit Singh today issued summons to All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Dass, Chandigarh Football Association (CFA) general secretary Surinder Kumar, and officials from Chandigarh Sports Council to produce records of CFA since 1997 and asked them to appear as witness before the court on July 27.
The petitioner Ankur, an NIS qualified coach, in his plea has alleged misappropriation of funds, formation of fictitious clubs, the failure of CFA to organise senior state-level tournaments, and its failure to submit and maintain documents of its activities.
“CFA has hardly organised any senior men’s state football tournaments. The last one was held in 2012, which was dominated by departmental teams. Few school teams had also taken part, which means that it cannot be categorised as a senior tournament.
Also, under the RTI information which we gathered from AIFF in the last few months, as many as 34 clubs are registered under CFA.
Two three clubs are registered under the same address while some of the clubs are owned by father and son, brothers,” alleged Ankur.
According to Ankur, during the elections, the association would not invite those clubs which raised questions about its activities.
“The last time we were invited for the elections was in the late 90’s. We were active at that time and continued to play in state and national-level tournaments but we have not been invited for the elections,” alleged Kanwar Vinod Kumar, former player and the eldest son of the founder of Youngsters football club, affiliated to CFA.
The court has asked Kushal Dass to provide details of grants/reimbursements given by AIFF to CFA since 1997, the payments and record pertaining to appointment of former general secretary Rakesh Bakshi and the records pertaining to the registration of clubs/units/ affiliations w.e.f 1997 to date and tournaments at various levels allotted to CFA since 1997, activity report of CFA and the record of the complaint given by president Football Players Association Chandigarh against Rakesh Bakshi.
Similarly, Surinder Kumar, the general secretary of CFA, has been asked to submit record of balance sheets of CFA since 1997, the exams and courses conducted by CFA for referees and coaches and those who qualified/ passed those since 1997, senior tournaments conducted by CFA and office bearers and executive members of CFA.
Bakshi, who was the general secretary of CFA since 1997, and the association’s treasurer Chander Prakash Malik have both resigned from their posts recently.
The court has also sought information and details from officials of Chandigarh Sports Council pertaining to observer appointed by the council in the elections held by CFA since 1997.
Also, the report of the observer appointed by the council who was present during the North zone Coca Cola sub-junior football tournament held at Sundernagar, Himachal, this year, has also been sought.
“Only 7-8 teams were called for the trials when they should have called all the clubs to appear for the trials. It should have been an open trial but it was not. 5-6 players were selected and they conducted a camp for just three days following which they left to take part in the tournament. This shows their callousness,” added Ankur.
Lastly, the court has also sought information from the dealing clerk of the adviser UT administration along with record pertaining to the letter dated March 9, 2015 along with the reminder dated April 14 submitted by Football Players Association Chandigarh for the vigilance enquiry in the functioning of CFA and the action taken and the status report of the same.