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Bombay HC tells govt to file affidavit in match-fixing case

The Bombay high court on Thursday asked Maharashtra government to file an affidavit within three weeks detailing investigations carried out by the Mumbai Crime Branch in the case of match fixing and betting in Indian Premier League cricket matches.

The direction was given by a Bench headed by Justice PV Hardas which heard a PIL filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar asking for a joint probe by central agencies such as I-T department, ED and CBI, into the alleged nexus of cricket players with bookies. Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai made a statement that the Crime Branch, Detection of Crime Branch, CID and the property cell department had carried out investigations and filed chargesheet in a local court in Mumbai. Police would soon file supplementary chargesheet in this case, she submitted.

The judges then told the government to file an affidavit to inform what had been done in this matter and what more steps the CB proposed to take. Only after hearing the CB about the progress on investigations, will the HC consider the plea on transfer of probe to central agencies, the judges said.
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