Friday, 03 February 2023

Ranji player & Ex-IPL alleges bribery offer to fix matches

Ranji player & Ex-IPL alleges bribery offer to fix matches

A former Ranji Trophy and IPL player has alleged that he was offered Rs 40 lac for match-fixing, and a complaint has been registered with Bengaluru Police in this view.

Rajagopal Sathish comes from Tamil Nadu, and Separately from his home state, has also appeared for Assam in the first-class competition in the country. He has been on Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. After general amnesty, he also played in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League and returned to the official fold. The Rajagopal Sathish now plays for Chepauk Super Gillies in the TNPL (Tamil Nadu Premier League). Rajagopal Sathish was offered the money to compromise matches in this tournament.

Before approaching the police, Rajagopal had also raised this matter with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also informed.

The official said.

A police official said the formal complaint was filed after directions from the BCCI. “A special investigation team has been formed, and we suspect that the accused, who assert to be called Bunny Anand, is in Bengaluru,”

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As per (ACSU), BCCI Anti-Corruption and Security Unity don’t have seizure, search, or investigative powers. It depends on police in any case related to spot-fixing, match-fixing, or any other form of corruption in cricket.

The official said that the police complaint had been filed by B Lokesh, who is with ACSU, at Jayanagar police station in Bengaluru. As per,

“on 3 January, an person named Bunny Anand reached Sathish on Instagram and messaged him attract to pay Rs 40 lakh and told that already two players have agreed for the offer. Rajagopal Sathish said ‘sorry’ to the offer.”

Shabbir Khandwawala, ACSU chief, confirmed that the matter is now with the Bengaluru police.

Khandwawala said.

“The player approached ICC and us and informed us that someone had approached him on the Instagram platform. We took all details of the case and told our ACU officer to file a register police complaint in the matter. We are just a facilitator and now police will look into the case,”

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