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  • IPL probe has reached adjudication level: ED

    Submitted by ITV Production on Jun 26
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    MUMBAI: The probe into alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was progressing and has reached adjudication level, the Enforcement Directorate has informed the Sports ministry.

    Sports minister Ajay Maken had written a letter to the ED on 17 May seeking a speedy probe into the alleged irregularities committed by the BCCI as well as the franchises.

    "The ministry has got a response from the ED and they have informed that the cases of alleged violations under the forex rules have entered the adjudication stage. The penal processes will begin soon in the notices sent under FEMA laws," PTI quotes a source privy to the development as saying.

    The Finance Ministry has slapped 19 notices to BCCI on alleged foreign exchange violations to the tune of Rs 10.77 billion relating to the IPL.

    Maken had also called for an investigation by the ED and Income Tax department whether the players were paid through black money following a sting operation which showed domestic players claiming that they received more money than the prescribed salary cap of the BCCI.

    The ministry, which has been at loggerheads with the BCCI, had also written to the revenue secretary seeking an inquiry whether black money was being used in conducting the IPL.

    Ajay Maken
  • Sports ministry calls for enquiry into wrongdoing in IPL

    Submitted by ITV Production on May 21
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    MUMBAI: The ongoing controversies might just be the beginning of trouble for Indian Premier League as the union sports ministry has sought an enquiry into alleged wrongdoing in the cash-rich league.

    While speaking in Lok Sabha, sports minister Ajay Maken revealed that the Sports secretary has written a letter to Revenue Secretary last week and has sought a thorough probe by Enforcement Directorate as well as Income Tax department.

    He also told the House that Finance Ministry has issued 19 notices to BCCI on alleged foreign exchange violations to the tune of Rs 10.77 billion relating to the IPL.

    Sports ministry joint secretary had also written a letter to ED on 17 May seeking speedy probe into the matter, Maken added.

    The sports minister, who had failed in his earlier attempts to bring BCCI under National Sports Bill, also made a renewed call to bring BCCI under Right to Information.

    Former cricketer and Bhartiya Janata Party MP Kirti Azad had vociferously raised the IPL issue in parliament by making a strong pitch for a special audit of the controversy ridden tournament. Azad was supported by other parties including JD (U) and Left members in his tirade against IPL besides his own party BJP.

    The IPL has been in line of fire from the political class ever since Hindi news channel India TV carried a sting operation which brought to light the ?murky? dealings between players and the franchises. The sting also brought to fore the fact that IPL players, particularly the lesser known ones, were susceptible to match fixing.

    The IPL Governing Council handed out suspension orders to Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Srivastava, T.P. Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali.

    The matter is already being probed by newly formed anti-corruption unit of BCCI headed by Ravi Sawani, the former chief of ICC?s Anti-Corruption Unit.

    Ajay Maken
  • Proposed sports bill revised to reduce govt interference

    Submitted by ITV Production on Oct 19
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    NEW DELHI: An independent Indian Court of Arbitration for Sports will be set up by the Indian Olympic Association apart from an Appellate Sports Tribunal to streamline the growth of sports in the country, according to Sports Minister Ajay Maken who said he was keen to remove the perception that the government wanted to control the sports bodies.

    The provision relating to Sports Ombudsman and the National Sports Development Council in the proposed National Sports Development Bill are being removed, and their work will be looked after by the Court of Arbitration, the Appellate Sports Tribunal and the National Sports Federation.

    The Minister said efforts had been made to streamline the Bill while retaining its transparency, good governance and de-control from government.

    The Bill now bars the Minister in charge of the Department of Sports or any other official of the Department in the Central Government or an officer of the Sports Authority of India to contest election in a National Olympic Committee or the National Sports Federations for a period of five years. 

    The provision for discretion of the Government to recognize National Olympic Committee and National Sports Federation has been eliminated. In the event the Central Government feels that these criteria have not been met or there is any other discrepancy/dispute, the Central Government can refer the matter to the independent Appellate Sports Tribunal.

    The independence of the Appellate Sports Tribunal has sought to be ensured in totality. Therefore the power to appoint the Chairperson and other members of the Appellate Sports Tribunal has been granted to an independent Selection Committee which is to be chaired by the Chief
    Justice of India or his nominee and also has a representation from the National Olympic Committee. The discretion to remove a member of the Appellate Sports Tribunal now vests with the Chief Justice of India who would be conducting a enquiry according to a specific procedure laid down by him.

    The eligibility criteria for the National Sports Federation to get recognition have been reduced. The criteria stating that the National Sports Federation should have been in existence for three years has been deleted. This has been done in order to promote new sports which are developing/being actively played in India to be recognized by the Government.

    A duty has been enjoined upon the coaches, guardians and other support personnel to prevent unethical practices in sports like doping, fraud of age and sexual harassment. The Central Government has also undertaken a duty to make provisions for continuing education of the athletes, healthcare and pension for the athletes.

    A provision of deemed registration has also been inserted in the Bill in order to avoid duplicity of work. A certificate of registration once issued would continue to be in force until the time such a registration is suspended or cancelled by the Appellate Sports Tribunal.

    Transparency has been sought to be inculcated by the applicability of the provisions of the Right to Information Act to the sports federations, an exclusion clause has also been provided to protect certain information which are peculiar to sports, which may be used by competitors against athletes. These include queries pertaining to: selection, appointment or exclusion of athlete, coach, trainer or physiotherapist when it for participation in an athletic competition; quality of performance of an athlete in an athletic competition; medical health and fitness of an athlete; whereabouts of an athlete; information which is confidential under the NADA code.

    The sport sector worldwide is structured in a very peculiar way, where the Court of Arbitration for Sports based in Lausanne has an exclusive jurisdiction to decide certain disputes. In order to retain this worldwide structure, a provision has been inserted in the Bill excluding the jurisdiction of the Appellate Sports Tribunal in these cases.

    Maken stated that it is the endeavour of the Government to make India a prominent player on the global sporting arena and this can only be done when transparency, unbiased decisions, democratic elections and joint development of sports is inculcated.

    The Bill seeks to align the sports movement in a structured way that the Central Government, Sports Authority of India, National Olympic Committee and the National Sports Federation can work together for the overall promotion and development of sports. The Bill recognizes that at the core of sports development are the athletes and effort is being made by the Bill to give them a say in running the sports as well as secure better welfare measures for them.

    Ajay Maken
  • Case registered against former Prasar Bharati CEO: Maken

    Submitted by ITV Production on Sep 06
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    NEW DELHI: The Parliament was informed today that a case has been registered against the former chief executive officer of Prasar Bharati BS Lalli and a private individual in the case of award of contract by Prasar Bharati to a private company for telecast of the Commonwealth Games last year.

    Sports Minister Ajay Maken said today that the case was filed on the basis of the reports filed by the High Level Committee on the Commonwealth Games headed by VK Shunglu.

    The Minister also stated that a new Group of Ministers (GoM) has been constituted to examine the replies/comments of the various Ministries/Departments/Government and other executing agencies furnished by them on the observations/ recommendations of the High Level Committee.

    A GoM has considered the observations made by the Committee regarding the relationship between the Government and Prasar Bharati and the former CEO and the Prasar Bharati Board.

    The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has already done a comprehensive review of the provisions of the Prasar Bharati Act and has recommended certain amendments to the Act.

    BS Lalli
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