29 September, 2020

Stinging Both Ways

The CBI's much-awaited report has four names, besides more vignettes from the darker side of the pitch; I-T to name seven

Stinging Both Ways

After six months of painstaking investigations, the CBI is tightening the noose on four cricketers involved in match-fixing. Senior officials involved in the probe told Outlook that former captain Mohammed Azharuddin, all-rounder Ajay Jadeja, off-spinner Nikhil Chopra and former Test player Ajay Sharma would figure in the CBI's interim report to be submitted shortly to the sports ministry.

To a great extent, the CBI's evidence has been culled from statements and confessions of bookies. "From them (bookies), a wealth of information was obtained and we had to corroborate that with our own findings," says a senior official.

In a parallel investigation conducted by the Income-Tax (I-T) Department, notices will be issued by the assessing officers in a fortnight's time to former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, ex-coach Kapil Dev, the four mentioned in the CBI report, prominent bookies who were raided and board officials. "We have been able to unearth a lot of disproportionate wealth and assets from the raids and the...



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