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Thatscricket - News - CBI team's visit to London delayed

Published: Sunday, June 10, 2001, 20:39 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The visit of the two-member high-level CBI team to London in connection with the probe into the alleged bungling in the allotment of television rights of sports events between 1996 and 1999, including the last edition of the cricket World Cup, besides some other cases, has been rescheduled for next week due to some 'unexplained' reasons.The team was to leave for London this week, but now it will be leaving some time later this week. CBI sources, however, refused to state the reason for the postponement of the visit. ''It could not go this week due to some reasons... Now they will visit next week,'' they told UNI on Sunday.The team of senior officials from the agency's anti-corruption unit is to visit London to hold discussions with the International Cricket Council (ICC) officials and the Scotland Yard on the multi-crore Telecast scam case and gather information about some other cases, including the extradition of accused in the Hansie-gate case Sanjeev alias Sanjay Chawla.Sanjay Chawla has been wanted by the Delhi Police in connection with match-fixing case involving sacked South African captain Hansie Cronje and some other cricketers. The Delhi Police had requested the CBI to seek the arrest and extradition of Chawla from the British police.Besides holding discussions with ICC officials, the CBI team will also meet ICC's anti-corruption unit chief sir Paul Condon to gather information about his investigation into the allegations of corruption in granting of telecast rights to various companies.The ACU of the ICC had in its first report on match-fixing stated that it was forming a group consisting many investigating agencies including the CBI to probe match-fixing instances and TV rights violation cases. The ICC promised its assistance to the CBI in probing these cases in India or abroad.The tournaments in which the alleged bungling took place were the French Open tennis championship, 1997. The Wimbledon 1997, Independence Cup cricket tournament in 1997, the 1998 ICC Knock Out cricket tournament and the cricket World Cup last year.A specific brief of the CBI team would be to collect information about the operations and activities of the WorldTel, headed by sports promoter Mark Mascarenhas, who had been in the eye of storm ever since the CBI conducted raids at his residences and business establishments in India in connection with the probe into the case. Mascarenhas was called by the agency for questioning earlier last month about the findings of the raids and the allegations of his involvement in the matter. He is scheduled to be called once again for a detailed interrogation. UNI

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