IPL scam: Players have links with underworld dons, says SC panel

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IPL scam: Players have links with underworld dons, says SC panel
New Delhi, Feb 11: The Supreme Court-appointed panel, which probed the IPL spot-fixing scam, has some very shocking stories to reveal, says an India Today report.

According to the panel, the scam was the fallout of "disturbing links" between players, administrators, and politicians with underworld dons like Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel.

The Mumbai Police for being reluctant to investigate the involvement of Dawood, slammed the panel headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal. It also questioned why Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf was allowed to leave the country despite the proof of his involvement in spot-fixing.

'The Mumbai Police for being reluctant to investigate the involvement of Dawood'

 

"The whole episode reflects disturbing linkages between players/ administrators/ politicians and declared terrorists and the underworld. The issues also throw light for the need of a thorough professional approach on the part of the investigative agencies to these disturbing linkages which evidently indicate a serious threat to national security," said the report.

"The betting organised by this huge structure involves a turnover of thousands of crores and the windfall profit ultimately benefits known terrorists, who route the money to indulge in terrorist activities and thus poses a serious threat to national security," it said.

Delhi police report

Involvement of Dawood and Chhota Shakeel in the scam had found a mention in Delhi police's chargesheet too.

"From a detailed inquiry, it has been established that accused were acting as part of a grand conspiracy hatched abroad by Dawood and Chhota Shakeel. Dawood personally set illegal betting rates for matches and at times manipulated odds on a likely winner through his bookies," the chargesheet said.

The Mumbai Police was aware of the fixing in the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians three days before the match was played on May 15 last year through intercepted calls of Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf, added the chargesheet.

"Rauf was never detained by Mumbai Police and was allowed to leave the country after completing his assignments. Even a discreet look-out notice was not issued against Rauf." "The extreme reluctance to address the issue of involvement of Dawood Ibrahim and the curious failure of Mumbai Police to detain Rauf, a Pakistani umpire, indicates possibilities which require further investigation," said the panel.

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