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CBI tries to fix mafia nexus in scam

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is not yet finished with the murky dealings in cricket and is now investigating the nexus between the underworld mafia and some of India's leading cricketers and administrators, the agency's director R K Raghavan disclosed on Tuesday. The probe into this nexus and its ramifications on the national security is being conducted both within India and abroad, Mr Raghavan indicated. "We are going deep into the nexus the underworld has with cricket players and administrators. The nexus has been unearthed but the dimensions are yet to be fully understood," Mr Raghavan said. Without disclosing names, the director said "a few Indian players" have links with the underworld that had been established during the agency's investigations into the betting and match-fixing scandal. Asked if CBI investigators would go to Dubai and other Gulf countries as part of this probe, Mr Raghavan said that CBI sleuths kept travelling to various parts of the world. "They are already at it," he added. Affirming that the CBI inquiry into the betting and match-fixing was not over with the submission of the recent report, Mr Raghavan did not rule out the possibility of a supplementary report on the role of cricketers and administrators. "Our enquiry is alive. If circumstances warrant we will come out with another report. We are already going beyond the report we have submitted," the CBI director said. "The underworld has shown more than academic interest in the game. They have found that the game can be manipulated," Mr Raghavan said. The agency was looking into the possibility of prosecuting two of the cricketers named in the report on betting and match-fixing, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma, who are both public servants. Mr Raghavan drew attention to warning contained in CBI's report on match-fixing that underworld mafia can be expected to take overall control of betting racket, if not checked immediately with a firm hand. The glimpses of underworld mafia's involvement could be seen from the testimonies of former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin and the team's former physiotherapist Ali Irani where names of mafia dons Anees Ibrahim, Abu Salem and Sharad Shetty find mention. CBI said Azhar during his questioning had stated that "Abu Salem had rung him up on a couple of occasions to fix matches but he had refused." CBI quoting Dr Ali Irani said "in most of the matches where fixing was taking place, the clue was that the game would be 'on' only when (Sachin) Tendulkar got out because he was one player who could single handedly win a match and upset any calculation."

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