Pvt detectives for commission to check ‘IPL fraud’

New Delhi: An umbrella body of about 400 private investigators has written to IPL Commissioner Chirayu Amin to constitute an independent oversight commission for an in-depth probe into the alleged scam in the mega sporting event.

According to the Association of Private Detectives and Investigators (APDI), a team of internationally reputed fraud examiners has expressed its willingness to help the IPL commissioner and the Government of India to undertake such an assignment to bring facts related to the case under the knowledge of the people.

Indian Premier League (IPL), country’s popular cricket event, has come under the scanner of different enforcement agencies including the Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate over alleged financial irregularities.

APDI chairman Kunwar Vikram Singh said, “the government has constituted Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe different allegations related to the case. I feel an independent body, on the suggested line, will help the government in finding the truth behind multi-crore fraud.”

He said government agencies abroad take help of private sleuths and fraud examiners for probe. “These examiners have proved their worth in national and international arena,” Singh said adding that “we plan to meet newly selected IPL Commissioner Chirayu Amin to discuss the issue.”

The Association has on April 24, written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to constitute the commission.

“In the prevailing situation where aspersions are being caused on the role of political and corporate leaders, it will be most befitting that an independent commission be given this responsibility to take this unfortunate act of fraud to its logical conclusions and thereby bringing every defaulter or conspirator to justice,” it said in the letter to PM.

Amin, vice president of BCCI and head of Baroda Cricket Association, was appointed IPL commissioner on April 26 after the Board suspended Lalit Modi.