The Jamshedpur unit of Jharkhand Badminton Association (JBA) on Tuesday accused secretary K. Prabhakar Rao of committing financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 10 lakh, a day after the high court scrapped the existing committee of the state outfit.
Welcoming the Jharkhand High Court ruling that also ordered fresh polls for the JBA panel within three months, Jamshedpur District Badminton Association (JDBA) secretary T.N. Choudhary squarely blamed Rao for the present crisis.
Choudhary said, “Rao also misled the JBA-affiliated districts in the elections held in Jamshedpur on November 28, 2010. The JBA secretary did not allow five districts — Chatra, Godda, Seraikela-Kharsawan, Jamtara and Jamtara — to vote in the elections by misleading the house and did not arrange an observer from the Badminton Association of India (BAI),” Choudhary said.
He alleged that BAI had not appointed any observer but “Rao fixed one of his own men using a fictitious name”.
“The JBA committee in 2010 was elected in a jiffy, as Rao was keen to grab the secretary’s chair. But now, the high court has done justice,” Choudhary said.
Rao also employed his own contractor to set up a new court at the Mohan Ahuja Stadium. “Rao showed expenses of Rs 5 lakh for construction of the court. But the quality of the court is so poor that no one will believe that such a huge sum was spent,” the JDBA secretary said.
According to JDBA adviser S.S. Sahay, who was also present with Choudhary at a news meet, the court ruling suggests that the 2010 polls had been annulled and would be held again.
The adviser said that the IG (registration) would be named returning officer in the re-elections.
“Sub-divisional magistrate (Dhalbhum) will oversee the activities of JBA until a new committee is elected,” Sahay, who is also an advocate, added.
Some of the amendments made in the JBA by-laws will be no longer applicable after the court order.
“Rao amended the laws to suit his own interests. He did this without taking the house into confidence. The court ruling is a big slap on his face,” Sahay said.