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|April 20, 2000||
The Chandrachud Report8. Considering that the aforesaid allegations of "betting" and "match-fixing" by Indian cricketers and/or by management are calculated to cause grave prejudice to the future of Indian cricket and damage its image and the image of the country, BCCI considered it expedient to have a thorough enquiry made into the said allegations.
9. In the circumstances and for reasons aforesaid, the President of the BCCI has constituted a one-man committee of Mr. Y.V.Chandrachud, Former Chief Justice of India, to hold an enquiry into the alleged charges with liberty to call for the record of the board such as he considers relevant, and to call for the evidence of the Board officials or members, team officials, cricketers and journalists as he may deem fit and necessary. Mr. Chandrachud is requested to submit his report with particular reference to the following:-
(a) Whether the allegations made by Shri Manoj Prabhakar as published in Outlook in its issue dated 11th June 1997 are true;
(b) Whether any cricketer, BCCI officials or team officials are in any manner involved in "betting" or "match-fixing" as alleged in the said article published in The Outlook;
( c) Whether any journalists or any other persons are involved in the "betting" or "match-fixing" as alleged in the said article published in The Outlook or as alleged in the article published in The Pioneer in its issue dated 19th April 1997; and
(d) Whether Shri Ajit Wadekar put "tap" on the telephones on Indian cricketers after their return from the South African tour and, if so, whether such tapping is permissible in law; and
(e) Whether the reports of bribing the Indian cricketers and of match-fixation which are alleged to be in wide circulation have any foundation in truth:
10. Mr. Chandrachud may inquire into any other relevant or incidental matters arising out of the aforesaid allegations and reports.
11. Mr. Chandrachud will be provided with secretarial assistance and other facilities to enable him to conduct the enquiry officiously.
12. Mr. Chandrachud has conveyed that he will not accept any fees or honorarium in any form for conducting the enquiry.
13. Shri U.N. Banerjee, Legal Advisor to BCCI, is nominated on behalf of the Board to assist Mr. Chandrachud in the conduct of the enquiry.
14. Mr. Chandrachud is expected to submit his report as expeditiously as possible.
2. During the course of my inquiry, I interviewed past and present members of the Indian cricket team. managers of the team, physiotherapists of the team and certain journalists. I took down in my own hand the statements made before me by the players, the managers, the Physiotherapist, and two journalists -- Mr. Krishna Prasad and Mr. Makarand Waigankar. The statements of the others, mostly journalists, were dictated by me in their presence to my personal secretary who typed them out in their presence. A few of them, just a few suggested minor changes in what I had dictated. Those changes were forthwith incorporated in their statements.
I have divided my report into two parts: Part I consists of the statements of the person interviewed by me or to whom I talked and a list of reports of managers or coaches of the Team, which I perused. Part II contains my findings.
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