D~~Souza demands CBI probe into racket

Published: Monday, April 9, 2001, 20:30 [IST]
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Panaji: Former Chief Minister Dr Wilfred D'Souza on Monday demanded that the case regarding the printing and sale of alleged fake tickets of the One-day International match between India and Australia, which was held at Margao on April 6, should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Addressing a press conference here, he said as the tickets were also sold in the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, the CBI would be the proper agency to investigate into this matter. Stating that the unruly incidents outside the Margao Nehru Stadium and allegations of printing of extra genuine tickets or fake tickets had brought a bad name to the state, Dr D'Souza said the state government should set a time frame for the state police to get into the bottom of this scandal. If the police fail to come up with any concrete results, the case should be handed over to the CBI without any further delay, he added. He recalled that there was a similar incident of over sale of tickets of a One-day International match between India and Sri Lanka in 1997 but no responsibility was fixed. ''This is an unprecedented incident and stern action is necessary to ensure that such things do not happen again,'' he added. Meanwhile, State Sports Minister Sanjay Bandekar told reporters here that the state government was not responsible for the management of the One-dayer as it was the host Goa Cricket Association, which was managing the affairs. He said the state police was investigating into the complaints regarding sale of fake tickets for the match.

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