Kushal Das, AIFF General Secretary, Resigns Due to “Health Issues”

Kushal Das, AIFF General Secretary, Resigns Due to “Health Issues”: Kushal Das, the contentious general secretary of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has resigned from his position due to “health reasons,” completing a 12-year career often clouded by claims of financial wrongdoing.

Das, appointed to the top position in 2010, has been absent from work since June 20 due to health reasons. However, many in the football community claim that the Committee of Administrators (COA) prevented Das from returning to work after an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General revealed numerous financial irregularities currently being investigated.

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“All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das has resigned, citing health concerns. The All India Football Federation appreciates his choice and expresses gratitude for his leadership and advice during his term in office. He has our best wishes for health and success in his future endeavors “As mentioned in a press statement by AIFF.

It went on to say that Sunando Dhar, the Acting General Secretary, would be in charge of running the Federation daily.

Das submitted his letter of resignation to the CoA, temporarily in charge of Indian football after the Supreme Court removed the Praful Patel-led administration for failing to organize elections on time.

Patel’s president closely overlaps with Das’ time as AIFF general secretary.

The newly mandated CAG examination of the AIFF’s financial records for the period, including Patel’s presidency.

The AIFF came under criticism when Das, who had previously been accused of molestation by a female employee, received a clean bill of health from the Internal Complaints Committee, which was mostly made up of his subordinates.

The CoA also learned that an astrology company received more than 16 lakh rupees in payment to forecast the results of the senior men’s national team in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

Another recent allegation about some shady transfers involving former Indian Arrows players came to light. This time, the name of an Ahmedabad-based football institution kept coming up.

Das spent two years as the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) before joining AIFF in 2010.

Although the Indian national football team qualified for three Asian Cup competitions while Das was in charge, Das has taken a lot of heat over the years for failing to provide adequate foreign exposure for the senior national side.