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MPs seek probe into match fixing charges

PTI  New Delhi, May 15, 2012
First Published: 14:34 IST(15/5/2012) | Last Updated: 14:36 IST(15/5/2012)

The alleged spot-fixing scandal in the IPL had its echo in the Lok Sabha today with members seeking a high-level probe into match fixing charges and the way in which blackmoney was coming into play in it.

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The matter was raised during Zero Hour by Samajwadi Party member Shailendra Kumar and supported by former cricketer Kirti Azad of the BJP.

Kumar said when there was a demand to check the flow of blackmoney and bringing it back from foreign banks, "blackmoney is being turned into white through the IPL."

Action has been taken against some Pakistani cricketers over their alleged involvement in match fixing, but there has so far been no action against any Indian cricketer, he said, demanding a high-level inquiry into the episode.

Azad said spot-fixing and match-fixing was prevalent way back in 1999 and even former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was allegedly involved in it.

Observing that IPL was a commercial entity, he said there have been reports of foreign exchange violations and the government should look into it.

He claimed that since politicians came in to heading or being part of the various national sports associations, "corruption has seeped in and grown. .... Rs. 30 crore is paid every year to each of these federations. Where does this money go? There is no internal audit."

The BJP member demanded probe into the allegations and stern action against those found guilty.


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