New Delhi: The Sport Ministry on Wednesday issued a
showcause notice to the Badminton Association of India (BAI)
asking it to explain within 14 days as to why the government
should not derecognise the federation.
In its notice to BAI president V K Verma and general
secretary Vijai Sinha, the ministry has framed five specific
charges and asked for a written clarification.
"The statement of articles of charges framed against
Badminton Association of India are that BAI has not informed
Government about its Annual General Meeting and Elections well
in advance," reads one of the charges in the letter issued by
Deepika Kachhal, Director, Sports.
The ministry said that Verma misled the state units and
also wrote derogatorily against the government.
"President, BAI, vide his letter dated 2nd June 2010,
gave a totally distorted and misleading picture to the member
units regarding financial assistance from the government and
private sponsors and the implications of losing government
"President has written in derogatory terms about
Government of India by stating that IOC has issued a showcause
notice to Government of India on the tenure issue," the
The ministry also charged BAI for violating government
guidelines by electing Verma as its president in its June 13
elections, which was not conducted in a free and fair way in
"By electing V K Verma, the BAI has violated the orders
on tenure limit in respect of President of a recognised
National Sports Federations. As per available records Shri
Verma has been holding the post of president since 1997 and
has already completed 12 years term as president of BAI.”
"Further the elections of BAI have not been conducted in
fair, democratic and transparent manner as per reports
submitted by Government Observer, Returning Officer and two
institutional members i,e Railway Sports Promotion Board and
Association of Indian Universities," the notice said.
The Ministry also called upon BAI to explain why it
should not ask it to remove the word `India` from its name as
it implies government approval.
"It is further noted that the BAI is registered under the
Andra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001. Accordingly to
clause 6.2 (b) of the said Act, except with the previous
sanction in writing of the Government, no society shall be
registered by a name which contains any of the following
words, namely `Union` or `State` or any word expressing or
implying the sanction, approval or patronage of Central
Government or any state Government.
"BAI is hereby called upon to explain why the government
should not take up the matter with Registrar of Societies for
withdrawing/removing the word "India" from the Badminton
Federation of India since it conveys the approval or patronage
of central government as it is not complaint with the
government guidelines," the notice explained.
The ministry also asked for an explanation from BAI as
why it should not withdraw the registration it has been
granted, since it has violated the specific public policy
guidelines regarding limits on tenure and age of the office
Verma confirmed receiving the letter but said BAI won`t
address the matter immediately as two of its petitions against
the enforceability of the government guidelines are still
pending in the Rajasthan and Delhi High Court.
"Since the enforceability of the government guidelines is
subjudiced in the Rajasthan High Court and also in the Delhi
High Court, the BAI will not address this matter now," Verma
The BAI was in collision course with the Sports Ministry
after it refused to abide by the government guidelines during
its general elections in June and after being threatened of
derecognition, the badminton body had said it was
self-sufficient to run the game in the country.