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Madhavan to grill Chopra on Tuesday

Published: Monday, December 11, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chennai: Mr K Madhavan, Anti Corruption Commissioner appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former CBI joint director, will question Nikhil Chopra here on Tuesday following a direction from the BCCI regarding the Delhi off spinner's involvement in match-fixing.It may be recalled that the CBI in its investigation report into the involvement of Indian cricketers in match-fixing had also namedNikhil Chopra.Announcing this at a press conference, Mr Madhavan said Nikhil will arrive at Chennai on Tuesday morning. He would also be examining former Indian captains Kapil Dev and Ajit Wadekar who had also served as national coaches, as per the BCCI's directive to him.He said the BCCI had decided to question Kapil Dev and Ajit Wadekar in the wake of the demand made by some members of the BCCI during the emergency General Body at Calcutta on November 29 to discuss his report after questioning Azharuddin, Manoj Prabhakar, Nayan Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Dr Ali Irani, the former physio who were all found guilty by the CBI. Answering questions Mr Madhavan said he would question Kapil and Wadekar after attending to a few of his personal commitments and submit his report as early as possible. He said BCCI President Dr A C Muthiah had asked him to expedite the probe regarding Nikhil Chopra's involvement in match-fixing as he was a member of the present Indian team which was playing against the touring Zimbabwe. Asked about the reason to probe Kapil Dev and Ajit Wadekar, Mr Madhavan said "I do not know exactly why. But it may be because of allegations at various levels against the two also."The BCCI may have thought it fit to enquire their role also, if any, he added. Mr Madhavan said following his probe into CBI's charge against the BCCI that it had not taken cognisance of reports of match-fixing by Indian players, he had recommended in his own report that the BCCI, if it wishes, can make some systematic changes in its functioning."I have made some recommendations in my report," he added.Mr Madhavan condemned one of the BCCI vice-president's and Disciplinary Committee members Mr Morarka's severe criticism of theCBI. "I take exception to his remark that the CBI was more corrupt than cricket, Mr Madhavan said and added his remarks were "unwarranted and not in good taste."Answering a question, Mr Madhavan said nothing was conveyed to him about alleged differences of opinion within the BCCI regarding the CBI probe report and the punishments meted out the tainted Indian cricketers based on his report. UNI

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