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'BCCI will study report before deciding on Rahul Sharma'
PTI
New Delhi, July 21, 2012
First Published: 13:19 IST(21/7/2012)
Last Updated: 17:37 IST(21/7/2012)
Mumbai Rave Party: Rahul Sharma, Parnell tested postive

Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla on Saturday said the BCCI will study the police report before taking any action against Rahul Sharma, who tested positive for drugs in a rave party in Mumbai during the fifth IPL.

"The Police report will be studied before taking any action against Rahul Sharma," Shukla clarified on Saturday.

"Only after studying the report we will proceed," he added.

The Mumbai Police on Friday night confirmed that Rahul along with South African cricketer Wayne Parnell, who were arrested at a rave party in Juhu (Mumbai) on May 20, tested positive for drugs.

Mumbai Police said that they were among the 42 who tested positive for drugs. The two cricketers were among the 100-odd people who were detained on that day.

The BCCI, however, stood by the cricketer and said it would investigate the matter thoroughly before deciding the future course of action.

"I don't know why everyone is in a mood to execute Rahul Sharma without even going into the details," Srinivasan had told PTI on Friday night.

"The BCCI will first procure each and every bit of relevant information and then study them before deciding on the course of action," he added.

The Mumbai Police received reports of blood samples of 44 out of the 90 people, who had attended the sundown party at Oakwood Premier Hotel in Juhu.

"Of the 44, two females tested negative, while the rest are positive," deputy Police Commissioner Pratap Dighaokar told PTI.

These 44 people include two IPL cricketers Rahul and Parnell (both played for Pune Warriors India) and 38 women, police sources said.

All those who tested positive would face arrest, another police official said, adding the procedure to arrest would start soon.


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