The Tamil Nadu Government has recently moved the Supreme Court of India and rubbished the allegations by police officer Sampath Kumar relating to the IPL probe on betting and spot fixing. The application has described the allegations as false and baseless and said that he was suspended on charges of extortion and demanding bribe from bookies.
In its application seeking to implead itself in the ongoing BCCI case, it said Mr. Sampath Kumar had made scathing allegations against the Tamil Nadu Police without impleading the State of Tamil Nadu. It said the Intervener had not cited either CBCID or Tamil Nadu Government as respondent to misguide the Supreme Court. It said the attempt of the intervener was only to quash/stay the suspension order dated February 27 without following the procedure of first approaching the Central Administrative Tribunal.
A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and Ibrahim Kalifulla had already reserved orders on the plea of Cricket Association of Bihar for a further probe by an independent panel, preferably by Justice Mudgal panel itself.
In his application Mr. Sampath Kumar had prayed for a SIT probe into the involvement of the top BCCI management and some cricket players in the betting and spot fixing scam in the IPL-6 matches. He said he was part of the investigation conducted earlier by the CBCID, Chennai and later shunted from the probe and suspended. He alleged that the Chennai Police had indulged in a cover up operation and had not conducted the probe in a free and fair manner.
The Tamil Nadu Police has filed an application in the Supreme Court saying that suspended IPS officer Sampath Kumar had falsely deposed before the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee that investigated the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal. Kumar, who was part of Tamil Nadu Police’s ‘Q’ Branch, had opened a can of worms by alleging that bookies were involved with prominent players, including current Team India stars. Kumar’s deposition is part of a report submitted by the Mudgal panel to the Supreme Court on February 10.
For the first time, Tamil Nadu Police has clarified that it suspended Kumar in February this year for extracting a bribe from cricket bookies who operated in Chennai. The application says that Mahendra Singh Ranka (a bookie) gave Rs 30 lakh to Kumar “in his office” and delivered Rs 30 lakh to three persons as directed by the IPS officer. Kumar has appealed against his suspension in Supreme Court.
The Tamil Nadu Police application says: “In order to escape from the clutches of law, Kumar had falsely deposed before the probe committee headed by Justice Mudgal.” It adds: “Various allegations made by Kumar against CBCID are absolutely false, factually incorrect and baseless.”
The application also rejects Kumar’s claim that he was transferred from ‘Q’ branch to Tiruchy at the behest of influential persons wanting to derail investigations. Tamil Nadu Police says Kumar’s transfer was “according to government rules and procedures.”
Tamil Nadu police says Kumar should not have deposed before the Mudgal committee. “He was not a member of the investigating team,” said the application, adding the suspended IPS officer should have impleaded the CBCID, Tamil Nadu as a party in his petition to the apex court.
The Supreme Court is on the verge of forming a second committee to probe the IPL case further. The court wants Justice Mudgal to lead the probe again, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India is for a new man to head the second round of investigations. It remains to be seen how the court deals with the Tamil Nadu Police application as Kumar’s deposition can prove to be critical in the entire case.