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Suspended cop taken off IPL probe moves SC

- Affidavit indicts the BCCI; hearing on Wednesday
Patnaik
Kalifulla

New Delhi: In a twist to the IPL betting/spot-fixing scandal, G. Sampath Kumar, an IPS officer who probed the matter, has moved the apex court challenging his suspension as being done with malafide intention for exposing the high and mighty involved in the racket.

He has also sought a Special Investigation Team to probe the entire racket under the direct supervision of the apex court, as according to him, an effort is being made to derail the entire investigation by the Tamil Nadu police at the behest of the powerful people.

Kumar, a suspended IPS officer, has filed an affidavit sharply indicting the top management of the BCCI and several others involved with it for being part of the betting/spot-fixing racket.

A bench of Justices A. K. Patnaik and Ibrahim Kalifulla is expected to take up the intervention application moved by Kumar on April 16 when it would hear the main matter.

Justice Patnaik on Friday, however, did not pass any order on the BCCI’s application for providing it with the transcripts of the audio depositions made before the three-member Justice Mukul Mudgal committee by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, N. Srinivasan and IPL CEO Sundar Raman.

The court said it would examine the request on April 16. The court also said it would examine a report sent by interim BCCI president for IPL matches Sunil Gavasakar.

Gavaskar is stated to have sent a certain report to the court on the conduct of the ensuing IPL matches, the contents of which have been sent in a sealed cover.

The official claimed that he has been placed under suspension from February 24, 2014 for exposing the powerful people in the racket, but no official reason has been cited for it.

Instead he said the CB-CID of crime branch had implicated him in an extortion racket to silence him and other officers who are keen on exposing the guilty.

Kumar submitted that after his own suspension and transfer of certain other sincere officers from the probe team, the CB-CID had deliberately withheld vital confessional statements of certain suspects like Uttam Jain and others despite it being sought by the Justice Mudgal panel.

The following are some of the excerpts from the affidavit filed by Kumar:

“The Applicant/Intervener is an IPS Officer and was previously posted as Superintendent of Police, Q Branch, CID (Internal Security), Tamil Nadu. Thereafter, he was working as Superintendent of Police, Railways Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, and at that time he was entrusted with the task of supervising the investigation relating to issuance of fake passports. During the course of investigation into the fake passport racket, the Applicant/Intervener and his team had interrogated one Mr. Uttam Jain @ Kitty and in the course of his interrogation on 23.5.2013, it incidentally came to light that he was also involved and connected with the betting scam.

“Further investigation including the transcripts of phone calls of the said Uttam Jain @ Kitty with other persons indicated a very wide network of bookies and punters involved in large scale betting and match/spot fixing during the IPL-Season 6.

“During his deposition before the Hon’ble Probe Committee, the Applicant/Intervener pointed out that there was strong evidence against influential people who are involved in the scam. The said deposition of the Applicant/Intervener also finds place in the Probe Committee Report. The Probe Committee in fact reflects on the stellar role played by the Intervener/Applicant in investigating the scam.

“In this regard, it is submitted that Mr Nilay Dutta, member of the Probe Committee, in his concurring report submitted to this Hon’ble Court on 10.2.2014, further concludes that the new investigating team of CBCID had tried to cover up the entire scam and had deliberately not co-operated with the Probe Committee. The report further concludes that the conduct of the CB-CID team is highly ‘suspicious’. Such a strong finding by the Probe Committee clearly exposes the dubious role of the CB-CID team in sabotaging the probe. The report also therefore reflects the position that the CB-CID team was doing its best to safeguard the high and mighty and derail the investigating process.

“It is submitted that the interrogation report dated 23.5.2013 of Uttam Jain @ Kitty in fact exists in the records of the Q Branch, CID and the same can be directed to be presented.

“However, the fact that the Intervener/Applicant had deposed before the Probe Committee appointed by this Hon’ble Court did not find favour with certain influential sections of the people, who are in management of IPL and also certain officials who were trying their best to de-rail the investigating process and sabotage the entire probe.

“This lobby worked hard with the power that be and the Intervener/Applicant was suspended on 27.2.2013; without assigning any reason and the entire investigating team was transferred. After the said change of the investigating team, the entire process of investigation was de-railed and CB-CID was formed, which did not co-operate with the Probe Committee appointed by this Hon'ble Court to unearth the scam.”