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CBI may prosecute Azhar in 15 days

Published: Saturday, November 4, 2000, 1:15 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to take about a fortnight to initiate prosecution proceedings against former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and ex-all-rounder Ajay Sharma, suspended after having been found ''guilty'' of fixing matches and betting, under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).The agency said the evidence against these two public servants is being analysed and the case is under study. ''The assets and properties of the two cricketers are being ascertained to find out whether they are disproportionate to their known sources of income. The process is likely to take about a fortnight to be completed and after that we will decide the date for filing the case against them,'' the sources told UNI. The CBI will also take the assistance of the Income Tax Department to calculate the value of the properties of Azhar and Ajay Sharma. The Income Tax department had in July carried out massive raids at the premises of several cricketers, including Azhar and Ajay Sharma. The agency was also awaiting the findings of the Income Tax Department on the raids. ''It (the finding) will help us ascertain the financial status of the two cricketers,'' the sources said.About the prosecution of other three guilty cricketers - Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia - as well as former Physio Ali Irani, the agency said it cannot on its own proceed against them due to want of cognisable evidence against them. But, the sources felt, the Income Tax department could play a major role as it can ascertain their financial position, in case found disproportionate to their income, and issue notices to these cricketers. Any failure to respond satisfactorily to the IT notices could then lead to the prosecution of these cricketers and the official, the sources felt. The CBI report said that Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma, who has been a close associate of the former Indian captain in fixing dealings, can be charged under the PCA as they are public servants, working for government organisations.While Azhar is working for the State Bank of India as Chief Manager (PRO) in Hyderabad, Ajay Sharma is employed by the Central Warehousing Corporation, making them public servants under Section 2 (c) of the PCA, 1988.''An offence under section 13 (1) (d) (i) and (iii) (criminal misconduct) of the PCA can be registered against the two players (Azhar and Ajay Sharma). However, looking at the issue in totality, the question of registration of a case under the aforesaid sections of PCA is under evaluation,'' the report said.However, most of the others found guilty by the agency of match-fixing and betting got the benefit of their not falling within the definition of 'public servants' because of which, the CBI said, the PCA does not apply to them.

UNI

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