Court Directs Cops To Probe Fixing Allegations
Mumbai: The Esplanade court on Friday directed the Marine Drive police to investigate a complaint that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cheated lakhs of people through its matches, and also into the allegations that some matches were “fixed”.
The Marine Drive police said that an advocate, Naresh Makani, had filed a private complaint in the court against BCCI officials N Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla, Anurag Thakur, Sanjay Jagdale and Gurunath Meiyappan, a Chennai Super Kings official and son-in-law of Srinivasan, among others. “We have got instructions from the court to investigate the complaint and file our fact finding report before the court. We have started our probe into the allegations,” said a senior police officer.
“It’s is not an FIR but an inquiry. We have to verify the facts and we can call the people mentioned in the application. Earlier, Meiyappan was arrested by the city crime branch and we will take help from the detection team, if required,” said the officer.
He added that the complainant has told the court that he and thousands like him who love cricket were cheated by these people who allegedly fixed matches. “We cannot comment until we find out the truth in the allegations,” said a senior police officer. The Marine Drive police will be submit its report to the court in the next one month.
The Times of India, August 3, 2013