Former Union Minister, Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 12 April 2017, after suffering from a heart attack. He was 56.
Gupta was rushed to Lari Cardiology Centre post his attack where he passed away in the wee hours. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.
Facts about Akhilesh Das Gupta
•His father was Banarsi Das Gupta, a freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
•He was a member of Indian Parliament’s upper Rajya Sabha for almost 18, serving three consecutive terms of 6 years from November 1996 to November 2014.
•He also served as the Minister of State for Steel under the Manmohan Singh-led UPA-I government from January 2006 to May 2008.
•He also served as the Secretary of Congress Parliamentary Party from 2003 to 2006 under the leadership of the party president Sonia Gandhi.
•His association with the Congress party lasted for almost three decades.
•Prior to this, he had been the Mayor of Lucknow from May 1993 to November 1996.
•In 2012, Gupta was elected as the President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) following the arrest of former chief V K Verma over corruption charges during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
•In 2014, he was unanimously re-elected to the post for four more years.
•In 2016, he elected as the Vice-President of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a term of four years.
•He had also played a pivotal in the launching of the Indian Badminton League in August 2013, which is now known as Premier Badminton League.
However, he and other top officials of the BAI were facing investigation by the CBI for favouring their children and posing them as professional badminton players, sending them to a Japanese government-sponsored Badminton tournament in Tokyo. Cases of fraud and nepotism were registered against them.
Though the CBI had completed its investigation and sent the report to the Sports Ministry, Government of India, no action had been taken so far.
When: 12 April 2017