BHOPAL: The government may be talking of zero tolerance policy towards corruption but in a recent development, Sports Director Shailendra Shrivastava paid the price of not patronising irregularities. Shrivastava was transferred at the behest of Sports minister ashodhara Raje Scindia. Former sports director and current transport commissioner Sanjay Chaudhary played a key role in the transfer from behind the curtains.

Shrivastava had succeeded Chaudhary, who was allegedly involved in irregularities in constructions in sports academies, purchase of sports material, recruitment and holding of programmes.Chaudhary wanted that the decisions taken during her term should not probed.

But Shrivastava got departmental audit done, which brought the irregularities committed by Chaudhary to the fore.The then home minister Umashankar Gupta, who is currently higher education minister, had also written for probe against Chaudhary but no action was taken.

With ashodhara Raje Scindia, taking charge of sports department, Chaudhary, who is close to the minister, started working against Shrivastava. He succeeded in his efforts when Shrivastava was posted as additional director general of police, special armed forces ( SAF). Chaudhary was working against Shrivastava and he wanted to remove him from sports department.With Scindia getting the reins of sports department, the countdown of Shrivastava as sports director had begun.

Chaudhary had also got Shah transferred

Sanjay Chaudhary played a key role in transfer of Ashok Shah, former sports secretary and current principal secretary, tribal welfare, from sports department, six months back. Shah had recommended EOW probe into irregularities committed in sports department during the tenure of Chaudhary. The then Sports minister Brijendra Pratap Singh had stopped the movement of the related file and when the issue went to CM Secretariat, Shah was transferred.

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