The Uttarakhand government has caused a big controversy ahead of assembly poll results after an RTI activist claimed that cricketer Virat Kohli was paid Rs. 47.19 lakh in June 2015 from funds reserved for uplifting 2013 Kedarnath flood victims.
As per a report, Kohli appeared in a 60-second tourism video after being named brand ambassador for that state, for which he was paid funds meant for flood victims.
Virat’s agent condemned this allegation, saying no such transaction had occurred.
Additionally the Uttarakhand CM”s media advisor also contradicted the charges saying, “Tourism forms the backbone of Uttarakhand’s economy, therefore what is wrong if a prominent face is chosen to promote the state destinations? Everything has been done legally. These allegations are incorrect. People know that redevelopment of Kedarnath has always been a priority for us.” He also termed such allegations as being diversionary, saying he would ask concerned departments to check payment details made to Virat Kohli.
Ajendra Ajay,who filed the RTI query claimed that the report confirms Kohli was paid by the district disaster management authority.
He questioned why Uttarakhand disaster bodies paid Kohli and was critical of this state needing a brand ambassador saying it was wasteful expenditure which was not required.