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A secret report given to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee investigating cricket fixing contains a statement from a Tamil Nadu cop that names Team India captain MS Dhoni.
Superintendent of Police G Sampath Kumar's statement to the committee cites a bookie named Kitty who claims that the Indian captain and Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan, were part of a "deal" that involved fixing in the Indian Premier League.
Kumar confirmed the contents of the statement to HT, saying that he had given the committee a signed statement about an investigation he had conducted last year when he was part of the state police’s internal security division.
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“We were investigating a fake passport case when we came across information related to betting. We interrogated a man called Kitty, who talked about Dhoni and Meiyappan,” he said.
He cautioned that he had recommended further investigation, adding that he had been transferred out of the internal security branch soon after interrogating Kitty. He is currently posted as SP, Railways, Thiruchirapally.
"The sealed cover contains unverified information that we wanted to share with the court only and contains statements of people who wanted to stay anonymous," Justice Mudgal said when contacted by HT. When asked specifically about Kumar's statement, he said, "“I cannot say anything about a matter that is confidential."
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Arun Pandey, owner Rhiti Sports and Dhoni's agent said, "I haven't seen the report yet. The matter is subjudice and scheduled for hearing in Supreme Court on March 7, so till then I would like to request people to refrain from speculating."
An angry Meiyappan told HT: "You are firing empties in an ocean. You first come with evidence."
Interestingly, Nilay Dutta, one of the three members of the Mudgal committee, had in his supplementary report confirmed part of Sampath’s deposition but omitted Dhoni’s name.
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Dutta's report says: "It is in the record of the Committee, through the deposition of Mr. G Sampath Kumar… (that), one Mr Utham Jain @ Kitty had been interrogated by Q branch in his presence and the said Kitty had disclosed, in course of his interrogation on 23.05.2013, that pursuant to a plan to fix the match between IPL teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, scheduled on 12.05.2013, he was informed by one Mr Vikram Agarwal on 27.04.2013 at a dinner party that a deal had been worked out."
"He was also informed the same day by Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan that one senior member in the IPL team, Chennai Super Kings, had agreed to play as per plan and the team will score 140 runs. This plan was communicated to one Sanjay in Jaipur over phone by Mr Vikram Agarwal in presence of Kitty."
The Dutta report says the committee was told that all officers who knew about Kitty's disclosures were transferred out and that the matter had been referred to Crime Branch CID Chennai police, but adds that the interrogation report of Kitty was not available in their records. Officers from the internal security branch where Sampath worked promised to revert to the committee with a file but did not, the report says.
"The Committee is not in a position therefore to ascertain whether the interrogation report of Kitty as stated by Mr G Sampath Kumar in fact exists," Dutta says in his report.
Dutta told HT: “The matter is with the Supreme Court now. I can only say that the Chennai police officers did not come back with the file containing Kitty’s statement.”
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