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    Cricket: Operation cover-up in India.

    So Pakistan remains perhaps the only country where some investigation in match fixing took place. Jadeja's investment in affair with politician's daughter seems paying off.


    Cricketgate -- key sleuths sent back to pavilion
    HARISH GUPTA

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    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17: It seems the investigators involved with Cricketgate are jinxed. Or maybe the Government seems to have been bowled over by the cricketers.

    While two of the Union Ministers of State, V Dhananjay Kumar and Shahnawaz Hussain, have already been shunted out of their ministries for talking too much, it's now the turn of investigators to be shown the door.

    Dhananjay Kumar was holding the charge of the Department of Revenue in the Finance Ministry while Hussain was in the Sports Ministry. If Hussain was asking for stern action against the cricketers, Kumar was declaring to the press that huge un-declared wealth had been found during the raids. Both are virtually cooling their heels in their new ministries.

    Besides the Ministers, two key IT officials who supervised the nationwide raids have been kicked upstairs.

    V B Sriniwasan, Member (Investigation) in the Central Board of Direct Taxes who was in charge of the entire operation, is being sent to the Settlement Commission. Similarly, S C Parija, Director-General of Investigation (Income-tax) who ordered the raids on Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley's residence has also been sent to the Settlement Commission.

    When contacted, Parija confirmed his new appointment. ``I will be joining on January 2 for a two-year stint,'' he said, adding that no person had been given the clean chit so far. ``In fact, the scrutiny work is still in progress and it would take at least two more months.''

    Jaya Jaitley and the Finance Ministry have denied that there has been any pressure or interference in the probe. Meanwhile, the CBI is all set to file its report to Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs S S Dhindsa this month.

    When asked why the agency is not filing a chargesheet against the accused, a top CBI officer confided,``No criminal case is made out against any known cricketer as they are not public servants. If they have accumulated wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income, it is for the Income-tax department to peruse the same.''

    The IT department has no power to prosecute anybody for match-fixing
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