Waiting for Revenue Secretary`s response on IPL, says Maken

New Delhi: Sports Ministry on Tuesday said it was awaiting response from the Revenue Secretary on demand of an enquiry into allegations that black money was being used in the conduct of the IPL and refused comment on the matter.

"I have expressed my views very clearly in the Parliament and I think there is nothing more to say on the issue. We would further comment on the subject once we hear from the Revenue Secretary," Sports Minister Ajay Maken told reporters.

"Sports Secretary has written a letter to the Revenue Secretary and we would discuss the matter further once the inquiry is completed," added Maken.

Maken on Monday had informed Lok Sabha that Sports Secretary has written a letter to the Revenue Secretary, seeking an inquiry into IPL funds by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax Department.

Maken informed the Lower House that 19 notices have been issued to IPL and BCCI for FEMA violations to the tune of Rs 1,077 crore and Sports Ministry Joint Secretary has also written a letter to the ED on May 17 seeking a probe into the matter.

IPL has come under cloud with a sting operation leading to suspension of five domestic Indian cricketers on charges of spot fixing in the IPL.

Meanwhile, Maken on Tuesday visited stadia in the capital and interacted with children registered under Sports Authority of India`s (SAI) `Come and Play` Scheme.

Maken also distributed medals and certificates to the winners of competitions organised under the scheme from May 5 to 15 in respective sports discipline at JLN Stadium and Dr SP Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex.

"The response has been very encouraging and about 6500 children have been registered till now and it is expected that about 20,000 children will use our infrastructure facilities this year," said Maken.

"About 12,000 children were registered under the scheme during last year. In order to improve the coaching at various stadia, the SAI has deputed 80 coaches (under training) from NIS Patiala who are pursuing Diploma/Degree courses," he said.

The scheme was introduced last summer at various SAI stadia in Delhi and has attracted more than 12,000 children and adults in 16 sports disciplines.

Keeping in mind the success of this scheme in Delhi, the efforts are on to launch the scheme throughout India in all SAI Centres, said Maken.


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