Neeraj Kumar to be named as the BCCI anti corruption consultant

Krishna Chopra / 22 April 2015

In latest developments emerging from the IPL Governing Council meeting held in New Delhi on Monday, it is known that Neeraj Kumar is set to be appointed as the BCCI’s consultant for the Anti Corruption Unit. Neeraj Kumar was the former Delhi Commissioner and a part of the team that investigated the 2013 IPL spot fixing crisis which shook the league.

Rajiv Shukla, the chairman of the IPL governing Council was quoted saying, “Neeraj Kumar has been appointed for one year as a consultant to the ACU. He will be involved in improving ACU’s operations and awareness programs.”

Shukla though, was mum about the exact role meant for Kumar. It is understood that Kumar will be devising a system where cricketers will be made aware about bookies, and the ways to prevent their lucrative traps.

A major reason behind Kumar’s appointment is that he is a veteran while investigating cricket fixing related cases and played a vital role during the 2000 fixing episode. Ravi Sawani, the ACU chief will coordinate with Kumar and monitor the movements happening during the IPL.

Kumar was also vocal, in criticizing the BCCI’s approach in handling the spot fixing case and mentioned that the officials were not stern enough against the corruption.

He was quoted saying in 2013, “They should maintain better vigil. Most of this stuff happens quite openly: people are seen sitting with undesirable people and people do come to know about some strangers meeting somebody. So they have the list of the suspects, they should go after them. It would not be fair to say corruption is a rule and honesty an exception. There are a few rotten eggs, which should be spotted and be weeded out.”

The Supreme Court also granted the suggestion of the RM Lodha committee to replace IPS officer BB Mishra with CBI Officer Vivek Priyadarshi. The RM Loda committee was brought to light by the Supreme Court, when it needed to decide the appropriate punishments for Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan. The two were found guilty of match fixing in the IPL.

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