|June 21, 1997||
Chandrachud committee to probe betting scam
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, responding to intense media pressure centering around allegations of bribery, betting and match-fixing in Indian cricket, has appointed a one-man, independent commission of enquiry to probe all aspects of the charge.
Sending out a strong, positive signal that it is serious in its attempt to finally clear the cricketing air, the board has appointed much-respected former chief justice of the Supreme Court Y V Chandrachud to probe the allegations.
More importantly, the board has not only given Chandrachud an open-ended brief, but has also vested in him all powers to summon, for the purpose of his enquiry, any board official, team official, cricketer past or present, and even journalists as he deems fit.
"The board will not spare anyone found guilty of betting and match-fixing and accepting bribes," said outgoing BCCI secretary and now president of the ICC Jagmohan Dalmiya. "If, however, the allegations are not proved, the board will take appropriate action against those responsible for spreading such malicious and motivated rumours with a view to tarnishing the image of Indian cricket," Dalmiya, who told the media that he viewed the situation with the seriousness it deserves, added.
While announcing the setting up of the commission, Dalmiya appealed to all concerned - whether officials, players or the media - to cooperate fully with Chandrachud in the conduct of his enquiry, and said that full cooperation was essential in order to clear the game of the miasma of charges hanging over it.
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