New Delhi: The Income Tax Department is conducting an enquiry at the office of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Pune Warriors India. The enquiry follows a sting operation where some Pune players allegedly took money to spot-fix during the IPL matches.
The money is alleged to have been paid in cash and Income Tax officials say that players shown in the sting operation could also be questioned. The sting operation by a national TV channel claimed to have uncovered the lid on spot-fixing, and also black money deals in the IPL.
Following the sting operation the Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that it would examine the footage of the sting operation and won't tolerate corruption.
In its official press release, the BCCI announced that the entire footage of the 'sting operation' would be sought and examined thoroughly. The IPL Governing Council would also meet on an emergency basis to review the footage and take an appropriate action.
The BCCI said that it had asked the Governing Council of the IPL for a tele-conferencing of the governing council to go into this matter. "We will act to show that this is not tolerated," the BCCI said.
The BCCI said that it would not tolerate any violation of regulations and any act of corruption. The sting operation alleged murky deals in the IPL and suggested that many players had confessed to under the table transactions. The sting operation also alleged involvement of Indian cricket stars, international players and even team owners. The TV channel reported of match fixing as well.
The channel claimed that an IPL player confessed that he was getting Rs 1.45 crore from its owner whereas he was in the Rs 30 lakh slab. It named an IPL player, claiming he had bowled a no-ball in last year's first class match on the insistence of the channel's reporter. He had also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs 60 lakh, the channel said.
Another player demanded Rs 10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in an IPL match, it said. The channel said a pattern has emerged where a particular bowler pitches easy deliveries and there are dropped catches.