Yesterday, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) announced that they made the decision to PCI President Shri Rajesh Tomar following a meeting of the Executive Committee on Saturday held at Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore. They also plan bring criminal and civil charges against Shri Rajesh Tomar related to his actions.
The PCI cited Shri Rajesh Tomar’s failure to inspect the venue as a primary cause of the situation, while at the same time noting “though the Secretary General and Executive officer had visited and appraise the situation and reported about irregularities found.” The meeting notes also that Shri Rajesh Tomar engaged in financial mismanagement related to the 2014 Asian Para Games. They also accused parties of manipulating PCI Executive Committee meting minutes in an effort to mislead India’s Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment and its Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
At the same time, the Executive Committee decided to unsuspend find members of the PCI who had been suspended on March 27. This includes PCI Vice-President Shri Nale Nand Kishore, PCI Joint Secretary Shri M. Madhusa Srinivasa Rao, Executive Member Satyanarayana, and members Shri Narayanan T. and Dr. Rajesh Lamechwal. At the time, these members were accused of engaging in financial misappropriation and were “attempting to sabotage the National pride and prestige of our country in the eyes of the International community towards the holding of the 1st Indian Open Para-Games 2015, New Delhi.” These games are scheduled to get underway on May 2 and run until May 9. No reason was given as to why these five members were unsupended.
Vice President Nale Nandakishore Babu Rao has been appointed acting President, while all power of Shri Rajesh Tomar in his role as President have been suspended until the inquiry is completed.
The PCI invited five guests to attend the special meeting, including Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda, Shankar Iyer, Ramesh Tikaram, Farman Basha and Executive Secretary General of the Paralympic Committee of India R. Rathan Singh.