Dhindsa favours CBI probe into bribery scam

Published: Sunday, December 7, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who as Sports Minister had ordered Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the infamous match-fixing charges two years back, on Sunday favoured a thorough investigation by the agency into the bribery scandal involving two national selectors.

"I am for a CBI probe into the entire controversy," Dhindsa said when asked whether he favoured a CBI probe into the recent startling allegations that Maharashtra batsman Abhijit Kale offered bribes to two national selectors -- Kiran More and Pranob Roy for his inclusion in the Australia bound Indian team.

Referring to allegations that certain selectors take money to include players in the team, the Minister said, "Once CBI undertakes the probe, dudh ka dudh pani ka pani ho jayega (everything would be clear)."

He said that unless the matter was cleared up expeditiously it would continue to play in the minds of young and talented cricketers who aspire to don the national colours.

Dhindsa during his tenure as Union Sports Minister had ordered CBI probe into the match-fixing allegations that had its genesis from the Delhi police tapping the phones of former South African captain Hansie Cronje.

On the investigation report of CBI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had imposed a life ban on former Indian captain Mohd Azharuddin and punishments of varying degrees on others.

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