The FIR, filed on Thursday by M. Goviappa Nagaraja, alleged that the 21-year-old reigning Commonwealth Games champion, along with his brother Chirag Sen, had falsified their age to participate in playing age-group tournaments since 2010.
The complaint, a copy of which is held by PTI, also names Sen’s father Dhirendra, a coach at the Sports Authority of India, mother Nirmala and Kumar who has coached the duo for over 10 years.
They have been charged with fraud (section 420), forgery (468), use of a forged document as genuine (471) and acts committed by several persons with common intentions (34) under the Indian Penal Code.
The Sen brothers, who are from Uttarakhand, train under Kumar at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru, while the complainant runs another academy in the metropolis.
The complainant alleged that Kumar conspired with Lakshya’s parents to falsify a birth certificate in 2010 and if the allegations are proven, the Indian star shuttle, which recently received the Arjuna, will have to give up many of his details.
Kumar categorically denied the allegations, telling PTI, “It’s very annoying. It’s cheap stuff. Lakshya has done well and has started training again after a break. It’s very distressing for him mentally.”
Lakshya, currently No. 6 in the world, was honored with the Arjuna Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. He won a World Cup bronze after going to compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in 2021.
He was also a runner-up in the All England Championships and played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph earlier this year.
Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy head coach Kumar further said in a statement that the allegations were “baseless, frivolous and made with malicious intent”.
“As all badminton enthusiasts know, age verification is the sole prerogative and responsibility of the Badminton Association of India, which is the sole governing authority for the administration of the game in India,” he said.
“All players, regardless of where they train, always represent their respective member state units or country when participating in a national or international tournament.
“My focus throughout the 30 years as a coach has always been to nurture our emerging youth to the best of my ability to bring laurels to our country based on their merits.
“I therefore deny all these false allegations against me. I would not like to make any further comment on this,” he added.
According to the complaint, Lakshya’s age is 24, while the date of birth (August 16, 2001) registered with the Badminton Association of India makes him three years younger.
His older brother Chirag, on the other hand, would be 26, while his BAI ID makes him 24 (July 22, 1998).
According to the complaint, Lakshya has denied several children access to high-quality badminton facilities and sponsorship by participating in different age group tournaments.
The complainant further alleged that their family and the coach spoiled many up-and-coming talented shuttlers in the region and sought legal action against the five.
Lakshya and his family have yet to respond.