Pimpri: Secretary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial All India Gold Cup Hockey Sports Association, Pune Ramesh Makasare has demanded to file a police case against the President of Vikram Pillay Academy i.e Olympian Vikram Pillay for frauding millions of rupees from hockey players and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. And a detail letter in this regard has been given to Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar And Assistant Cammissioner Sports Sandeep Khot on Tuesday (28 July).
On Saturday (18 July), National hockey player Mahesh Rasal had raised this serious issue on the information received through RTI. Regarding this he had also sent a letter to Municipal Commissioner Hardikar via e-mail. So that the matter would be resolved. But the letter was not noticed by the commissioner and even after the decision of not paying bills due to Covid19 Pandemic the corporation paid a bill of Rs 14 lakh to the Pillay Academy.
In June 2019 a 5 year MOU agreement was signed between Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Olympic player Vikram Pillay Academy that they should train the hockey players from PCMC area only that to free of cost. And manage all the affairs of Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium(Polygrass), Nehru Nagar, Pimpri.
According to the agreement, Vikram Pillay Academy was bound to prepare best hockey teams from PCMC area only, which were going to represent PCMC in district, state and national level hockey tournaments but he failed to do so even after more than year has passed. The agreement also states that, the Academy is responsible to manage and bounded to arrange yearly a state and national level hockey competition which is also not done. While the corporation pays wholesum amount of 2 lakh rupees per month to Vikram Pillay.
Because of this carelessness of the academy, lakhs of rupees of public money is wasted of the corporation and also the time and hard work of the players and students from PCMC. When all these things came into focus, the National Hockey player Mahesh Rasal stood by the side of the hockey players. By using Right to information act, shocking things came in lime light that Vikram Pillay Academy took Rs 500 per person who came to learn or practice hockey on Major Dhyanchand hockey Stadium (Polygrass).
The Stadium was allotted to the academy between 7 to 10 in the morning and 4 to 6 in the evening. Where he was supposed to give free training to the hockey players from pimpri-chinchwad city limits only with the adopted hockey players by PCMC. But he illegally and unauthorizedly trained hockey players outside of the PCMC area. With this he earned ample money from private bookings of the stadium made by private academies, private schools etc.
And all these thing’s are revealed from the RTI now. And he has kept many hidden things from RTI too. Regarding this Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial All India Hockey Sports Association, Pune has demanded strict action against the Vikram Pillay Academy. And has suggested the Municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar to run the Stadium on its own for the better future of the hockey players from PCMC area.