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Azhar enters via back door, skips media

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: Amid high drama and suspense special investigator of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) K Madhavan began questioning former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin in the match-fixing scandal.Amid tight security the questioning began at 12.15 pm at Hotel Ramada Manohar near Hyderabad airport. Azharuddin, who was to appear beforeMr Madhavan at 9.00 am, kept everybody including the former CBI joint director on tenterhooks for more than three hours. Skipping dozens of media persons waiting at the main entrance of the hotel since early morning, Azhar entered the hotel from backdoor. Sources at the hotel told IANS that Azhar entered the hotel from backdoor.The grilling is likely to continue for three hours. T K Sharma, an official from BCCI is assisting Madhavan in the questioning. It was around 1.00 pm that media persons waiting at the main entrance got some indications that Azhar had already sneaked into the hotel. The police and the hotel staff were not allowing media persons on the second floor of the hotel where Madhavan is questioning the cricketer. Azhar has not made any public appearance ever since he was named in CBI report on match-fixing scandal.Mr Madhavan is scheduled to address a press conference at 4.30 pm. When the reporters approached the hotel management to confirm about Azhar's arrival, they refused to say anything and said Mr Madhavan would address a press conference in the evening.The special investigator earlier said he would submit his report to the BCCI by Nov 25. "My job is only to submit the report. Further action will be taken by BCCI on the basis of this report," he said. He refused to comment when asked about Azhar's reported links with underworld. " I can't say anything," he said

India Abroad News Service

Extras:
Azhar likely to be grilled for six hours
Madhavan to meet Azhar at Hyderabad
Sharma fails to appear before Madhavan

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