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Current top stars not under IT vigil

Published: Monday, November 6, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Income Tax sleuths, currently busy giving final touches to the appraisal reports of cricketers whose premises were raided in July, have no plans to broaden the exercise to include other top players like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly, Department sources said on Monday.''We have found nothing wrong against the top cricketers of the current Indian team like Tendulkar and Ganguly. Tendulkar files a return of Rs 20 crore ... Ganguly's records are also clean as is the case with the other major players. We do not want to waste time on them,'' the sources said.''Searches are carried out only after we do a thorough homework to get accurate or reliable and elaborate information about any individual. We also carry out reconnaissance missions before the actual exercise,'' the sources said.''We have found large amount of undisclosed income and unexplained expenditure in the case of all the cricketers whose premises were searched,'' they said. During countrywide raids in July, the Department sleuths had searched the premises of a number of cricketers against whom allegations were made like Kapil Dev, Mohammad Azharuddin, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Ajay Sharma, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Nikhil Chopra. Of them , five (Azhar, Jadeja, Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Prabhakar) have been named in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on match-fixing made public on November 1. The appraisal reports of these individual cricketers are expected to be ready by the end of this month. ''We will not make them public. These will be sent to their respective assessing circles in phases as and when they are ready,'' the sources said. The sources denied reports that the CBI had sought comments from the Department regarding Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma as there have been speculations that the two, being public servants, could be prosecuted for illegal gratification. ''The CBI will have to wait for the appraisal reports on them. In any case the reports may not be taken as a ground for prosecution as these could not be treated as hard evidence beyond reasonable doubt,'' the sources said. UNI

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