The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up a dedicated unit, Sports Frauds Investigation Unit (SFIO), to tackle corruption in sports including match-fixing.
The setting up of the SFIO is likely to be announced by the CBI on Tuesday, a day before the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League kicks off in the UAE on Wednesday. The second leg of IPL-7 will be held in India after the Lok Sabha polls are over. "The SFIO would work under the agency's Special Crime Branch with a DIG-level officer heading its team of investigators," said a CBI source.
The unit would act as a resource base and help other agencies in training and education regarding the menace of corruption in sports, said the source. The SFIO will coordinate with other law-enforcement agencies of the world including Interpol and also liaise with sports federations and state police forces to build capabilities to tackle match-fixing and other corrupt practices in sports, said the source.
The unit would also work closely with the Department of Sports, sports ministry to help frame policies that would build deterrence in the system.
"The Department of Sports is in the process of finalising a bill to criminalise sport frauds that will aid enforcement agencies including CBI curb corruption in sports," said the source.
IPL's 2013 edition was hit by allegations of alleged spot fixing and the Delhi Police had filed its voluminous charge-sheet naming underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, his close aide Chhota Shakeel, several bookies, and three cricketers, including former India pacer S Sreesanth, as accused. The accused were charge-sheeted for cheating and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).