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Ranjit Bajaj accuses AIFF General Secretary of sexual harassment, Federation denies charges (UPDATED)

RANJIT BAJAJ, OWNER of Delhi FC, has made some explosive allegations against AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, which the Federation has promptly denied.

After word came out of AIFF's acting technical director Savio Medeira's resignation, Mr Bajaj, who formerly owned I-League winning club Minerva Punjab FC, responded to the development with a long Twitter thread that levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Mr Das, and accused AIFF President Praful Patel of covering it up.

He also alleged that Mr Medeira was "humiliated" by Kushal Das, which is what led to his resignation.

In a statement on the matter, the AIFF categorically denied the allegation and said it would take "apprpriate legal action" on the matter.

Here's the Federation's statement in full,

"The All India Football Federation (the “AIFF”) has become aware of statements made by one Mr. Ranjit Bajaj on Twitter, levelling serious allegations of sexual harassment against the General Secretary of the AIFF, Mr. Kushal Das.

All statements and allegations made in this regard are false and fabricated, and made without an iota of evidence in support of the same. Further, no such complaints and/or concerns were received by the Internal Complaints Committee constituted by the AIFF as per the PoSH Act, 2013.

The AIFF follows a strong ethical code of conduct within the organisation, ensuring the protection and wellbeing of all its staff members. The allegations made by Mr. Bajaj are defamatory in nature, causing harm not only to Mr. Das but also to the entire footballing fraternity in India. In consideration of the same, the AIFF has considered it prudent to take appropriate legal action against the concerned individual.

The AIFF will also refer the matter to the Executive Committee, and also to the AGM for appropriate action."

In response to the Federation's denial, Ranjit Bajaj provided further details on Twitter about when and where the alleged incidents took place. However, he said he would not name the alleged victims publicly.

Meanwhile, by Tuesday evening, Mr Kushal Das's lawyers had sent a legal notice to Mr Ranjit Bajaj regarding this matter. A picture of the document was shared on social media by senior sports journalist Dulal Dey.

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