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SBD Global/February 14, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Indian Cricket Captain M.S. Dhoni Named In Justice Mudgal Indian Premier League Fixing Report

A secret report given to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee investigating cricket fixing "contains a statement from a Tamil Nadu cop that names" India captain M.S. Dhoni, according to Harinder Baweja of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Police Superintendent G. Sampath Kumar's statement cites "a bookie named Kitty" who claims that Dhoni and Board of Control for Cricket in India President S. Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, were part of a "deal" that involved fixing in the Indian Premier League. Kumar said that "he had given the committee a signed statement about an investigation he had conducted last year." Kumar: "We were investigating a fake passport case when we came across information related to betting. We interrogated a man called Kitty, who talked about Dhoni and Meiyappan." Kumar cautioned that "he had recommended further investigation, adding that he had been transferred out of the internal security branch soon after interrogating Kitty." Mudgal: "The sealed cover contains unverified information that we wanted to share with the court only and contains statements of people who wanted to stay anonymous." Nilay Dutta, one of the three members of the Mudgal committee, "had in his supplementary report confirmed part of Sampath’s deposition but omitted Dhoni’s name." The Dutta report said that “the committee was told that all officers who knew about Kitty's disclosures were transferred out and that the matter had been referred to Crime Branch CID Chennai police, but adds that the interrogation report of Kitty was not available in their records." In the report, Dutta said, "The Committee is not in a position therefore to ascertain whether the interrogation report of Kitty as stated by Mr G Sampath Kumar in fact exists." Dutta: "The matter is with the Supreme Court now. I can only say that the Chennai police officers did not come back with the file containing Kitty’s statement" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 2/13).
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