Judge, not CBI, should have probed: Singh Deo
Sourav upsets Sudipto
Lahiri, Acharya top CAB lists
Jesu’s IV best
RFI move will boost youngsters
Title for Prafulla Chandra College
Bonzer likely to lift Justice Cup
Lancer upsets

Calcutta, June 24 
The Calcutta connection apart, K. P. Singh Deo has something else in common with Sourav Ganguly: Even he wears the captain’s hat.

Of course, Singh Deo only leads the Parliament/Lok Sabha XI, and while he may not make the TV shows as often as first-time BJP MP Kirti Azad, having been elected seven times to the Lok Sabha lends weight to everything the Congressman says.

“Instead of ordering a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)-probe (into match-fixing allegations), the government should have instituted an inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge. That was my stand in Parliament; it hasn’t changed,” Singh Deo told The Telegraph this afternoon.

In town for the annual schools’ regatta at the Lake Club — Singh Deo is Rowing Federation of India president — he added: “The CBI, basically, is the investigative arm of the Central Vigilance Commission... It’s not fair to saddle it with myriad probes.

“Yet, the government has added one even though the CBI doesn’t have the wherewithal to hold so many inquiries... Also, once it establishes there is a prima-facie case, the CBI will have to move court. The judiciary, then, could’ve been involved from the outset.”

Singh Deo knows what he is talking about: In the mid-Eighties, for close to a year, the CBI came under his purview when the department of personnel was entrusted to him by the late Rajiv Gandhi.

While endorsing Union sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa’s view that a time-frame (for the CBI to complete its probe) couldn’t be set, for good reasons, Singh Deo felt an open-ended inquiry would nevertheless lead to “more allegations, innuendoes and the sullying of reputations.”

Singh Deo, though, didn’t agree with Dhindsa’s call that those under a cloud should opt out of the team — be it Kapil Dev or Mohammed Azharuddin.

“Mere charges mean nothing. In any case, should a player/coach be tried through the Media? With a judge in the chair, charges can be refuted and witnesses cross-examined. That’s one more reason why I personally favour a judicial probe.”

Asked whether he was impressed by the King Commission in South Africa, Singh Deo answered: “Not everything is being telecast live and, so, one is entirely dependant on the Media’s assessment and interpretation...”

Would he, too, support a move to grant amnesty, a la King Commission? Singh Deo replied: “That, I reckon, could be an option if a judicial inquiry was underway... I would have left it to the honourable judge. In fact, now that the CBI is in the picture, the politicians shouldn’t seek to ‘guide’ it.”

Had the match-fixing issue specifically been discussed by the Congress, the principal Opposition party? Singh Deo, who has held many portfolios, quickly answered: “Look, this is something that transcends party barriers... The reputation of the country and its cricketers is at stake...”

As a La Martiniere and Jadavpur University student, in the Fifties, Singh Deo grew up idolising Neil Harvey and the late Ray Lindwall. He himself began as an opening bat-leggie and, later, took to opening the bowling as well.

Come winter and Singh Deo will be busy organising the next Lok Sabha versus Rajya Sabha game. Today, however, he laughed away a suggestion that such matches, too, had attracted bookies’ attention.

Given their reach, though, Singh Deo will be well advised to keep fingers crossed.    

Jamshedpur, June 24 
Sourav Chakraborty of St. James School, Calcutta created a sensation by defeating fourth seed Sudipto Das Gupta of DAV School, Jamshedpur, in the fourth round of the The Telegraph Schools chess today.

Das Gupta employed Petroff Defence against Chakraborty’s e4, where white went for the 5.Qe2 variation. On the 19th move Chakraborty made a mistake which cost him a piece but his sound pawn play and Das Gupta’s poor play helped him to win in 45 moves.

By the end of the fourth round today, 10 players are in the lead with four points each, including a class I student, Anirban Pati of Kerala Samajam Model School.

On top board, Rohan Vijay Shandilya of S.R. Singh School, Munger, had no problem in defeating Swagatam Sengupta of Calcutta in 46 moves.

On second board, Bihar senior champion Pratik Sengupta of S.E.R. English Medium High School, Chakradharpur, had a comfortable victory against Mohana Sengupta of Calcutta in 24 moves.

The game between Abhishek Das of Bharat Sevashram School, Jamshedpur, and Souvik Chakravarty of Calcutta entered sudden death after four hours of play. In a complex game of Petroff Defence, Abhishek has rook and four pawns against his opponent’s bishop and four pawns. Late entrant Anirban Kundu of DBMS School has become the youngest player of the tournament at four-and-a-half years.


Rohan Vijay Shandilya (4) bt Swagatam Sengupta (3); Mohana Sengupta (3) lost to Pratik Sengupta (4); Abhishek Das (3) playing against Souvik Chakravorty (3); Sourav Chakraorty (4) bt Sudipto Dasgupta (3); Suman Basu (3) lost to Akash Kusum (4); Rasmi Kanchan (4) bt Bidhan Roy (3); Vikash Tiwary (3) lost to Ved Prakash (4); Himanshu Sharma (4) bt Seekha Unnikrishnan (3); Satish Kumar (4) bt C. Vijay Gopal (3); Pranjal (4) bt Amar Kumar Moonka (3); Anirban Pati (4) bt Hitesh Deva (3).


Calcutta, June 24 
Alokendu Lahiri and Prabir Acharya have topped batting and bowling lists in the CAB first division league and knockout meets this season.

Lahiri, East Bengal and Bengal opener, amassed 1,150 runs in 13 innings. Acharya, the left-arm spinner of Barisha Sporting, took 56 wickets in 15 matches at 16.10.

Subhasish Das of Taltala Institute recorded the highest individual score, 251, against Suburban. The best bowler was Kalighat’s Murtaza Lodhgar who took eight for 40 against Shibpur Institute.

Aikya Sammilani’s Ashish Parekh topped the batsmens’ list in second division with 1,265 in 20 innings. He also took 28 wickets.

National sub-jr aquatics

Bengal’s Taniya Ganguly and Mamoni Mondal picked up a gold and silver each in the 17th national sub-junior aquatic meet which concluded in Bareilly recently.

Taniya won the 3m springboard with 302.10 points and took the highboard silver with 298.15. Mamoni finished behind Taniya in springboard (281.65) but beat her to the high-board title with 300.45.

Junid Alam (200.55) clinched the other gold in boys’ group III highboard. Bengal bagged three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.


Boys: Gr. I diving: Basudeb Giri, 2nd, high-board. Swimming Gr. III: Avirup Dutta Mazumdar, 2nd, 50m freestyle and 3rd in 100m freestyle. Gr. IV: Parab Das, 3rd, 50m freestyle. Girls: Gr. III diving: Mou Bhattachrya, 2nd, high-board and 3rd in spring-board.    

Calcutta, June 24 
Jesu’s IV, comprising Kalyan Nandi, Tapas Mukherjee, Asit Kundu, Ajoy Sengupta and Kanan Mandal, came from behind in the last session of the Teams final to win the Shree Cement Open bridge championship here today.

In the four-session final, they beat fancied Haldibari, comprising Sudhir Ganguly, Subir Majumdar, Deepak Majumdar, Shankar Prasad Ghosh, Kajal Das and Sumit Mukherjee, by 101.5 imps to 76. Jesu’s IV started the final with a 1.5 imp carry-over but lost the first two sets 24-16 and 19-14 before winning the third 27-26 to trail by 10.5 going into the last session.

The more experienced Haldibari squad was expected to fare better in this tense situation but that was not to be. In the last quarter, Haldibari forgot to double a five-club save, collecting 300 instead of 800, missed a minor suit game, and then collected only 500 instead of 1100 against their own vulnerable game. When the final card was played, Jesu’s IV had outscored their opponents 43 imps to 7 in the last set to win by 25.5 imps.

The Pairs final, would start at 9.30 am next Sunday while the Consolation would start at 1 pm.    

Calcutta, June 24 
The Rowing Federation of India is tying-up with Dundee Mutual Funds — a step which will be very significant and, specially, come as a boon for those with ambition.

According to RFI president K.P. Singh Deo, this tie-up will help sponsor the youngsters’ trips overseas. Among the beneficiaries could be kids who compete in the annual schools’ regatta (organised by the Lake Club) here.

Obviously, the tie-up will have other benefits too.

Speaking to The Telegraph this afternoon, Singh Deo revealed the schools’ regatta would feature in the SAI’s talent-spotting exercise.

In fact, present during the finals today was the SAI executive director O.P. Bhatia.

Meanwhile, Singh Deo confirmed a six-strong squad would represent India in the Olympics — for the first-time ever.

Besides four oarsmen, there would be one Indian coach and the RFI’s overseas coach, Ted Banano.

For over a month now, seven probables have been training in the US, with Fordham University (New Jersey) as their base. The shortlist will be out in mid-August.

According to Singh Deo, the Sydney trip will largely be an exposure outing. “Actually, we’re focussing on the 2002 Asian Games.”    

Calcutta, June 24 
Prafulla Chandra College and Mahadevi Birla Girls’ High School took the senior boys’ and girls’ crowns, respectively, in the Servo 27th inter-school regatta at the Lake Club courses today.

In the final, the Prafulla Chandra quartet of Shubhendu Mukherjee, Sheikh Rafiqat, Surojit Gayen and Somnath Kayal overcame the Umesh Chandra team of Shahjad Ahmed, Mojammel Ahmed, Ranjit Das and Mohtaz Ali Mallik.In the senior girls’ final, Mahadevi Birla’s Tilottama Pillay, Nidhi Jalan, Punam Malpani and Sayahanka Dutta beat the Modern High School challenge of Shirsha Guha, Upasana Rai, Vandita Jhunjhunwala and Sonam Gurnani.

The junior boys’ and girls’ crowns went to St Lawrence and Deshbandhu Balika Vidyalaya who beat Lake View and Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School, respectively.


Final: Jr Boys: St Lawrence (Priyankur Kulkarni, Tamal Kanti Pal, Tapas, S. Mahadevan) bt Lake View (Shyamal Tikadar, Shankar Kanji, Hira Nanda, Bappa Das). Jr girls: Deshbandhu Balika Vidyalaya (Sumana Nag, Chandrabati Roy, Mumnmun Das, Chandrima Mukherjee) bt Gokhale Memorial (Kritika Basu, Suparna Samaddar, Sreyashi Sen, Pritha Chatterjee). 3rd place play-off: Sr boys: Heramba Chandra bt Khalsa High. Jr boys: Khalsa English bt St Thomas. Sr girls: G.D. Birla bt Calcutta Girls. Jr girls: Carmel High bt South Point.    

Bangalore, June 24 
Its Bonzer versus Congratulations for the 1,800m Justice Cup, tomorrow.The two horses stand way above their six rivals.

However, going by their Turf Invitation Cup run, one has to give nod to Bonzer, the Jaggy Dhariwal-trainee, who will be ridden by Pesi Shroff.


2 pm: Forestry 1. Venus Star 2. Auric Royal 3.

2.30 pm: Essential Elegance 1. Dynamic Gamble 2. My Goodness 3.

3 pm: Adorer 1. Indian Rocket 2. West Over 3.

3.30 pm: Peace Desire 1. Lady Chesterford 2. Crown Haunt 3.

4 pm: Bonzer 1. Congratulations 2. Ministerian 3.

4.30 pm: Allaire 1. Among Men 2. Anguilla 3.

5 pm: Bold Chieftan 1. Altazano 2. Andreyev 3.

5.30 pm: Renzino 1. Al Dente 2. Tajik 3.

Day’s Best: Allaire.

Double: Forestry & Bold Chieftan.    

Ridden by Faisal Ismail, the Dominic trained six-year-old Bengal Lancer posted an upset victory in the Civil Service Cup in Bangalore on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Camineto Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (3-11-2) Altdorfer (Imran Khan) 1; Suhasini 2; Spice Of Life 3. Won by: 3; 2-1/4; (1-10.2). Tote: Win Rs 666; Place: 100; 13; 14; Quinella: 379; Tanala: 11,913. Fav: Suhasini (11).

2. Tippu Sultan Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (10-1-6) Star Fantasy (M. Narredu) 1; Way To The Stars 2; Arduous 3. Won by: 7; 1-1/2; (1-29.9). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 24; 22; Quinella: 52; Tanala: 205. Fav: Star Fantasy (10).

3. Camineto Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (9-3-10) Soviet Song (Ruzaan) 1; Absolute Hit 2; Resplendent Star 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2; (1-9.6). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 16; 17; 22; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 471. Fav: Absolute Hit (3).

4. Sweet Memories Plate 1,600m: (6-4-10) Self Esteem (Rakesh) 1; Mayfair 2; Emmenbrucke 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 1/2; (1-44.6). Tote: Win Rs 351; Place: 68; 37; 46; Quinella: 1,416; Tanala: 41,269. Fav: Burning Bright (1).

5. Civil Service Cup 1,200m: (2-6-3) Bengal Lancer (Faisal Ismail) 1; Own Legacy 2; Devonlock 3. Won by: 1/2; SH; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 201; Place: 39; 14; 34; Quinella: 379; Tanala: 12,594. Fav: Blue Ridge (9).

6. Ramkirpal Plate 1,400m: (8-3-1) Astronomer (M. Narredu) 1; Silver Toy 2; Tierrce 3. Won by: 9; 2-1/2; (1-29.5). Tote: Win Rs 84; Place: 26; 23; 19; Quinella: 289; Tanala: 2,438. Fav: Days Of Glory (7).

7. Tippu Sultan Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (11-6-5) Accrual (Kader) 1; Prince Shazaan 2; Great Eastern 3. Won by: 3-1/2; SH; (1-29). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 15; 33; 16; Quinella; 396; Tanala: 2,068. Fav: Chevalier (4).

8. Udhagamandalam Plate 1,800m: (2-10-5) Power Extreme (Kader) 1; Touchin Heights 2; Daiimio 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-58.4). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 20; 17; 43; Quinella: 64; Tanala: 694. Fav: Touchin Heights (10).

Jackpot: Rs 1,93,970 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 1,491; (ii) Rs 1,087.    


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