CPI(M) for ‘full-fledged’ probe into IPL issue

Last Updated: Jun 06, 2010, 21:44 PM IST

New Delhi: With "new elements and new issues" being added to the IPL controversy, CPI(M) today demanded a "full-fledged" probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the matter.

"The JPC should probe all the ramifications of the IPL. Every day there are new elements and new issues coming up. That should be probed by a JPC," CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told reporters.

He said the CPI(M) had earlier pointed to wide ramifications of the IPL affairs which involve large-scale money transactions and "illegal" activities in the name of cricket.

"The manner in which the BCCI and the IPL body have conducted the bids and the franchising have raised a host of issues. The matter cannot be disposed of with some routine enquiries conducted by the agencies under the Finance Ministry.”

"What is required is a full-fledged probe. This should be done by a Joint Parliamentary Committee," he said after a meeting of the Polit Bureau which discussed the issue.

The CPI(M) demand came after Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar appeared to be in further trouble with reports that a company, in which he and his family members have direct share-holding, bid for an IPL team on its own behalf.

The board of Pune-based City Corporation in which Pawar, his wife and daughter, an MP, hold 16 per cent share, authorised the company to bid for the IPL Pune team.

Reacting to the reports, Pawar had maintained that the bid was made by a top official of the company in his personal capacity and not on behalf of the firm.

PTI

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