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Baseless says BCCI, CBI given a mouthful

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2000, 1:30 [IST]
 
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Calcutta: BCCI president Dr A C Muthiah on Wednesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s comment on the functioning of the cricket board as mentioned in its 162-page ''report on cricket match-fixing and related malpractices'' is not ''justified or based on proper information''.Commenting on the CBI report, the BCCI said the involvement of the underworld and the consequent threat to national security, as mentioned in the report, ''should be appropriately dealt with by the government and its law enforcing agencies.'' It said the Board neither had the resources nor the powers to investigate and take actions to curb such developments.The Board said, ''since such functions are the domain of the Central and the State Governments, it should be left to them. Similarly, the problems of black money involved in illegal betting should also have been tackled by the relevant government agencies.The CBI report did not specify its recommendations to the central and the state governments or their relevant agencies on what actions were to be taken by them''. On the second part of the CBI report, which dealt with the players and their possible involvements in betting and match-fixing, the BCCI said it had already appointed former CBI Director K Madhavan as the Commissioner and his recommendations were being studied by a disciplinary committee.The Board said, ''suitable actions would be taken in consonance with the constitution and the code of conduct formulated by the Board as well as the International Cricket Council (ICC).About the third part of the CBI report, which dealt with the functioning of the Board, the members expressed their disappointment with some of the observations. The Board members also expressed their concern at ''some glaring factual errors'' and said such ''erroneous information should stand rectified''.The members observed that they were not aware that the CBI's terms of reference, including observations on the functioning of an autonomous body like BCCI. ''Had the government informed the Board about the CBI's jurisdiction, the Board could have made appropriate representation before the CBI through its members or legal advisors.''The Board said that ''the CBI could have verified the facts and figures from it, before using the same in their report. This could have at least prevented the CBI from stating incorrect facts and figures.'' The Board members said, ''When the report had been furnished by a premier agency like the CBI, the erroneous facts and figures negated the good work done by the Board over the years by the stroke of the pen, degrading its prestige in public eyes.'' UNI

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