Hawala angle probe into fixing still on: ED

Published: Monday, December 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said its probe into the hawala trail of the match-fixing scandal is still on and there is no question of closing the investigation.

The Directorate has sent letters of rogatory to the United Kingdom and South Africa in this connection, Virender Singh deputy director of ED Delhi Zone said adding that the response from these countries was "still awaited". "In the absence of receipt of response of letters of rogatory, which have been sent by the ED, any question of closing the matter will not arise," Singh said adding that the statutory period allowed by the new Act expires on May 31 2002. He was commenting on media reports that the case had been closed due to lack of evidence. The reports are "totally incorrect and we are not closing the case," he said. The news reports appeared coinciding with actor Krishan Kumar filing a petition in a Mumbai court for permission to go abroad, Singh said. Asked about the status of probe into former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja and others, he said, "They are part of ongoing investigation which is still going on." Meanwhile, Singh said in a press release that the department was contemplating legal action in the matter.

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