New Delhi: Emphasising that guilty will not be spared, Union Sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said here on Wednesday that he has called Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president A C Muthiah on Friday to discuss what action can be taken against the five players following their indictment by the CBI.Addressing a crowded press conference in which he released the 162 page report on cricket match-fixing and related malpractices, Dhindsa said his ministry is already in touch with the Law and Home ministries seeking their views before taking any further action.Admitting that report was leaked much before the official release, Dhindsa said the reputation of the innocent players will be safeguarded and protected.He said he will discuss the charges levelled against the BCCI by the CBI in its report with Mr Muthiah on Friday.Asked if he thought that any good will come out of this report, the Minister said, "yes I think, for the time being there will be no match-fixing".He said the report should be an eye opener for other sports federations" I will hold discussion with the officials of other federations also to see that such things don't take place in their games".The minister said if need be a law could be enacted to stop such wrongdoings in sports. The minister said the inquiry is going on into the TV deals and rights and it will also be made public once it is completed.Asked what action will be taken against 14 former and present foreign players whose name figure in the report, Dhindsa said this matter has been referred to the law ministry but added "We can do very little about it".He also made it clear that though in the report names of some foreign players have been mentioned, not all of them have been framed.About his much publicised amnesty offer to the players if they came clean on their own, the Minister said the offer was made before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) started its inquiry."I had said those who will own their guilt like Hansie Cronje will be given amnesty but it is too late, the players have been named by the CBI after pain staking inquiry" He added.To a query as to what action will be taken against Mohammad Azharuddin, whose name figures in half of the report and Ajay Sharma as both of them are Government servants, Dhindsa said the Law ministry is looking into this aspect also.Dhindsa refused to comment on a query by a media man that whether he considers Mohammad Azharuddin as biggest match-fixer. "The matter is now with law ministry" was his standard reply.He did not reply to a question as how the BCCI will take action against the players when its authority has been questioned in the report but said "This matter will also be discussed" and added " we will get Mr Muthiah's views on this also"Dhindsa said he has called the meeting of the Sports ministers of the states on November 22 to discuss this report and also the steps needed to be taken to improve the standards of sports in the country.UNI
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