A social activist and member of Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), Naresh Makani has filed a private complaint of cheating against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its president N Srinivasan before the Metropolitan Magistrate court on Wednesday.
Makani’s complaint also lists Sanjay Jagdale, secretary of BCCI; Anurag Thakur, joint secretary of BCCI; Rajiv Shukla, chairman of governing council of Indian Premier League; Arun Jaitley, vice president of BCCI and Gurunath Meiyappan, owner of Chennai Super King as accused along with BCCI and Srinivasan.
Makani has in his complaint prayed for registration of separate complaint with DCB - CID for cheating the people at large and criminal conspiracy for cheating the people to earn wrongful gains.
Makani has alleged in the complaint that BCCI was expected to earn approximately Rs. 8700 crore in this T20 cricket tournament out of which Rs. 4698 crore was expected to go to franchisees. “To gain this amount they dishonestly fraudulently pretended to people at large of India and all over the world that they shall execute the sporting season honestly,” the complaint states.
Makani has alleged that all the matches were fixed to earn huge amounts and the owners were involved in match fixing. The complaint further states that, ‘the police records now reveal that the owners of the teams are also involved in match fixing and spot fixing. These circumstances clearly establish that the matches are not arranged as sporting events but those have been arranged to earn billion dollars wrongfully.”
Makani has further alleged that the accused persons have induced people at large to by tickets and go to stadium to watch the matches, while many more watched it on television. “Since beginning the intention was not of sport event but to induce the people at large and thereby to cause wrongful gain to the accused,” complaint states.
The complaint further states that the BCCI was warned about involvement of bookies and match fixing in T20 League. “A 2012 report on anticorruption measures commissioned by ICC (International Cricket Council) stated that T20 League was ripe for potential bookies and match fixing,” states the complaint.
Advocate for Makani, Holambe-Patil told the court, “We suspect that the current probe done by crime branch might not reach to this accused hence we want to move this complaint for criminal prosecution against these accused persons.”
The magistrate court however said that it does not have jurisdiction and the court which has jurisdiction is no leave. Hence the court said that though it would take the complaint on record, the complainant has to now argue on merits before the competent court on May 31.
“The complaint is taken on record and we would argue for admitting the complaint on May 31 before the proper court,” Makani said.