All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das on Wednesday, 29 June, resigned from his post on ‘health grounds’, reported news agency PTI. This marked the end of Das’ 12-year tenure with the organisation. Das’ time with the AIFF has been shrouded in controversy in recent years. He has received flak from the general public for his statements and the way I-League was treated under his tenure.
“Yes, he has resigned on health grounds,” one top source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Das, who was appointed to the top post in 2010, has been on leave since June 20 on health grounds. The leave came after the Supreme Court was forced to appoint a Committee of Administrations to get AIFF’s things in order.
The major issue behind the formation of the committee was that despite multiple warnings, the AIFF had not hosted elections for the top positions. The AIFF were due for the last elections back in 2020, however, they chose not to follow the orders.
Much has come out in the open after the CoA was appointed by the Supreme Court with allegations levelled against the AIFF for payment of Rs 16 lakh to a particular astrologer for the benefit of the Indian team in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
The CoA has also held meetings with FIFA and the sports minister of India Anurag Thakur, where India have been directed to hold elections by 15 September. India stand a chance to lose the hosting rights to the U-17 Women’s World Cup in case they do not follow the FIFA directive.
At the fag end of Das’ tenure, there were charges of molestation levelled against him, however, the AIFF gave its general secretary a clean chit, which allegedly was done without a proper investigation.
Indian football’s tryst with the controversy laden administration might end up with India getting a FIFA ban, which will massively affect the country’s chances in the AFC Asian Cup, which they have qualified for back to back editions for the first time in the history of Indian football.