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SC agrees to hear PIL for CBI probe into IPL spot-fixing case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear next week a PIL seeking shifting of probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal from Delhi and Mumbai Police to CBI to unearth the larger conspiracy and insulate the investigation from 'highly influential persons and politicians'.

The petition in this regard was mentioned before a bench of justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Madan B Lokur which said that the matter will be heard next week.

The petitioner said the investigation in the scandal should be handed over to CBI from Delhi, Mumbai Police and officials of other probe agencies so that proper co-ordination takes place and the guilty persons do not go scot free due to 'mismanagement and lack of co-ordination between different police agencies.'

The petitioner, Sharmila Ghuge, an educationist in a Mumbai law college, wanted the apex court to direct CBI to probe allegations of spot fixing, match fixing, betting etc pertaining to the cricket matches of IPL-6 or its earlier versions.

The CBI should unearth the huge racket behind such illegalities and take the strongest possible action against all the masterminds behind such acts, she said.

The petition said for a 'fair and proper' investigation, the cases registered by both the states should be probed by CBI, as otherwise there are chances that the probe can be hampered by 'highly influential persons and politicians'.

'It is pertinent to mention here that there is every chance that the highly influential persons and politicians are involved in the said illegality and therefore there is every likelihood that by exercising their influence they will try to hamper investigation into the said offence and they will naturally over power the local police of Mumbai and Delhi.
'Therefore, there is a need that the present offence should be investigated by CBI as this is an interstate crime and spread across the entire country...,' the PIL said.

The PIL sought direction for taking suitable legal action against all the persons.
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