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Azhar, Sharma major offenders

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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This is what CBI has to say about the evidence (oral and documentary) against individual players and others,Ajay Sharma, former Delhi captain and India player: It has been clearly established that Ajay Sharma had nexus with bookies and punters M K Gupta 'MK' and Ajay Gupta and his associates. He had introduced players to them, provided 'information' about matches and had also manipulated the pitch at least on one occasion to suit the betting syndicate. There is also evidence of him having receiving money from MK and Ajay Gupta for rendering this service.The facts disclosed during the inquiry, clearly establish that Ajay Sharma acted as a conduit between the players and the betting syndicates in fixing matches.Manoj Prabhakar, former all-rounder who is responsible for blowing the whistle on match-fixing in India: The CBI inquiry has disclosed that Prabhakar, during his playing career and after retirement, had links with a number of bookies and punters. There is also evidence of his having under performed and passed on information and introduced other players to the betting syndicate.There is also evidence of Prabhakar receiving money from them for rendering such services. Prabhakar has also placed bets on cricket matches.Mukesh Gupta alias MK, the prominent bookie in the present match-fixing scandal, during his interrogation said the following players were introduced to him by Prabhakar.Arvinda de silva: MK has stated that Prabhakar had introduced Arvinda D'silva to him but Prabhakar in his statement denied it.Salim Malik: Prabhakar introduced Malik during a match between Wills Cup winners of Pakistan and Wills cup winners of India in 1991at Delhi. Prabhakar has accepted that he introduced Salim Malik to MK.Dean Jones: Dean Jones was introduced by Prabhakar during a festival match at Sri Lanka and Prabhakar was paid a sum of Rs 200,000.Brian Lara: Prabhakar introduced him to MK and Prabhakar accepted it.Arjuna Ranatunga: MK has stated that he was introduced to Ranatunga by Prabhakar; who denied it. Alec Stewart: Prabhakar introduced him to MK. Charge accepted by Prabhakar.Mark Waugh: MK was introduced to Mark Waugh by Prabhakar, during a six-a-side tournament in Hong Kong. Prabhakar has accepted this as well in his statement.Gus Logie: Prabhakar had rung up Logie from his residence at Ghaziabad for an introduction to MK but Logie refused to talk to him. Prabhakar owned up this charge too.The evidence against Prabhakar is that he disclosed his nexus with a wide array of bookies and punters, which has contributed significantly to corrupting cricket in India and abroad. Mohammad Azharuddin: It is clear that Azharuddin contributed substantially towards the expanding bookie-player nexus in Indian cricket. The inquiry has disclosed that he received large sums of money from the betting syndicates to 'fix' matches. There is also evidence that he roped in other players also to fix matches, which resulted in this malaise making further inroads into Indian cricket.The evidence against Azhar clearly establishes the fact that he took money from bookies/punters to fix cricket matches and also the fact that the 'underworld' had approached him to fix matches for them. Azhar in his statement has accepted receiving money from MK to fix some matches.Ajay Jadeja: Jadeja has close relations with a number of bookies and punters, including Rajesh Kalra, Rattan Mehta, Uttam Chand, Krishan Kumar and Ajay Gupta. He has also given 'judgment' and 'information' regarding cricket matches to Uttam Chand and Rattan Mehta. It has emerged during the inquiry that Jadeja met MK in 1996 and offered to 'do' matches for him. As he could not promise the help of other players except one, the deal did not materialise. Both MK and Uttam Chand have stated that they paid money to Jadeja.Jadeja was extremely intransigent during his examination, and, even when confronted with evidence, issued bland denials. Nayan Mongia: His name figured in match-fixing and related malpractices in the statements of Azhar, Dr Ali Irani, Ajay Sharma and others. In fact Azhar, stated that he used to rope in Mongia also whenever he 'did' the matches. However, in spite of strong suspicion against Mongia, because of lack of corroboration on material particulars, the evidence against him is not all that strong. Dr Ali Irani: CBI inquiry has disclosed that Dr Irani, physio of Indian team between 1987-1997, acted as a conduit between Azhar and the betting syndicate. It was disclosed that Dr Irani was collecting money on behalf of Azhar from MK and his associates and that he used to get a 'commission' from Azhar for this service. Nikhil Chopra: He figured in the inquiry since his cell phone analysis has disclosed four calls to known bookies/punters. However, the inquiry has not brought forth evidence to indicate his involvement in match fixing/betting.Navjot Singh Sidhu: His name figured through information from a number of sources as a possible suspect in match-fixing and related malpractices. However, the evidence against him is in the nature of 'hearsay'. There is no direct evidence against Sidhu to conclusively establish his role in match-fixing. Delhi Players: The inquiry has disclosed that Delhi players intentionally lost the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Bombay in 1991. This was basically done to facilitate the participation of some Delhi players in league cricket in England, which would have clashed with their further Ranji Trophy engagements.However, the conduct of Delhi players (other than Manoj Prabhakar) is more in the realm of unethical sporting behaviour and does not disclose any nexus with the betting syndicate. Kapil Dev: CBI has conducted an in-depth inquiry into Kapil's possible role in match-fixing and related malpractices. The inquiry has focussed on Prabhakar's allegations against him and also delved into Kapil and his associate's linkages, if any, with the betting syndicate. The inquiry has so far not disclosed any evidence of Kapil Dev's role in match-fixing and related malpractices.Foreign players: CBI has not conducted an in-depth inquiry into the link of overseas players with Indian bookies/punters. Foreign players have also not been examined to verify the evidence of Indian bookies/punters.UNI

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'Azhar was not putting 100 per cent'
Foreigners have only been named: CBI

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