Subba Rao to submit bribe report on Wednesday
Published: Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Initial probe into bribery case over
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Inquiry Commissioner D V Subba Rao, probing the bribery scandal involving Maharashtra player Abhjit Kale, will submit his report to the BCCI on Wednesday, two days ahead of the deadline. "The report is almost complete. I will be submitting it to the BCCI on Wednesday," Rao, also the chairman of the Bar Council of India, told in Visakhapatnam. The preliminary probe into the bribery allegations was completed last Saturday with Kale and the two national selectors Kiran More and Pranab Roy deposing before the Commissioner in Visakhapatnam. Apart from the three, Rao had also summoned national cricket selector from Central Zone, Sanjay Jagdale, for a hearing since the two selectors had written to the Commission that they had discussed the issue with him. Rao refused to divulge the nature of the report contents, saying it was a "confidential matter". "All I can say at this stage is that the report is nearly ready. It is based on the terms of reference given by the BCCI", he said. The Inquiry Commissioner said the recorded statements of the four persons who deposed before during the six-and-half hour hearing on Saturday would also form part of the report. "All the parties were given an opportunity to present their case at the hearing. The report has been prepared after going through all the statements", he said. The BCCI had suspended Kale from playing first class matches on November 21 for allegedly offering Rs 10 lakh each to selectors Roy and More for a place in the in the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia. The two selectors gave their complaints in writing to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya. The BCCI had appointed Rao as the Commissioner of Inquiry and asked him to submit his findings within 15 days. The Inquiry report would be referred to the Board's Disciplinary Committee for final adjudication and till that time Kale would remain suspended from participating in any tournament conducted by the BCCI. Kale, who has denied the charge, had also appeared before the Maharashtra Cricket Association's (MCA) three-member inquiry committee in Pune on November 22.