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CBI submits match-fixing report to minister

Published: Monday, October 30, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday submitted the much-awaited report into the cricket match-fixing scandal to Union Sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.The report was handed over to Mr Dhindsa by a CBI team led by Special Director R N Sawani, who also headed the six-month-long investigation into the worst scandal to hit Indian sports. The report was scheduled to be submitted by CBI Director R K Raghavan on October 24, but with the CBI chief visiting Athens to attend the annual Interpol meeting, it was handed over by Mr Sawani.Mr Dhindsa had earlier said the report would be kept under wraps till it is tabled in Parliament during the winter session beginning on November 20. CBI sources told UNI that the CBI Director had given the go-ahead to the submission of the report last Monday after examining the 150-odd page document and its annexures. But it could not be submitted due to some procedural reasons. The report is said to unravel the deep-rooted conspiracy to destroy the game and its reputation. The names of a large number of cricketers, officials and bookies reportedly figure in it. At least five Indian cricketers, including two former captains, and an ex-physiotherapist are among the people who have been found guilty of match-fixing and betting in international cricket by the bureau after an exhaustive inquiry. The Crime Branch of the Bureau, which was assigned to probe the case under the supervision of Special Director R N Sawani, has based its findings against the cricketing personalities on circumstantial evidence collected against them during the course of investigation.Though certain circumstantial evidence have been gathered against these cricketers, it is unlikely that the agency would seek their prosecution on this basis as they do not fall within the ambit of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) since they are not public servants.The report is said to contain in detail the statements and conduct of many other cricketers, officials and bookies.

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