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IPL Scam and 2014!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Sports fans are stunned by the exposures of corruption in the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches. The Justice Mukul Mugdal Committee to probe the IPL corruption has submitted its findings to the apex court after sifting all the evidence available including many taped conversations between betting bookies. Briefly, their findings are that there was systematic match fixing in which BCCI officials, celebrity owners of teams and top cricket players are suspected of involvement. The illegal money generated by betting syndicates had sanction from underworld don Dawood Ibrahim for possible use in terrorist activities. Most damningly, the BCCI President’s own son-in-law has been charged with corruption and match fixing. Much before the committee’s report there were widespread media allegations, including in these columns, of the same charges. The Justice Mudgal Committee has merely confirmed the suspicions.
There were eleven leading politicians who as presidents of state cricket boards were members of the BCCI Governing Council. These included UPA cabinet ministers Mr. Farooq Abdullah, Mr. Rajiv Shukla, Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Mr. Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition Mr. Arun Jaitley and Youth leader Mr. Anuragh Thakur. They constitute the cream of politicians in both the government and the opposition. They were all for the most part helpless spectators or evasively mumbling excuses while credible allegations of the IPL corruption linked to Dawood Ibrahin and endangering national security were flowing thick and fast.
On June 3, 2013 the question was posed in these columns:
Now that India is on the threshold of a general election one would like to reiterate a question to our nation’s leading political parties:
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