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BCCI emergency meet tomorrow

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Life-ban on tainted trio likely The BCCI has also asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani to investigate the scandal and submit a report in...

Life-ban on tainted trio likely

The BCCI has also asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani to investigate the scandal and submit a report in 30 days

New Delhi (PTI): Rattled by the sensational spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI has called an Emergency Working Committee meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue amid indications that arrested Indian speedster S Sreesanth and his two Rajasthan Royals teammates would be handed life bans if found guilty.

A day after the arrest of Sreesanth and his two teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila on charges of spot-fixing, the BCCI promised "strongest possible action" against those found guilty in the scandal that has thrown the high-profile league into one of the biggest crisis till date.

"The Working Committee will discuss, among other things, the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy in the ongoing IPL, in which three players have been arrested by the Delhi Police," the BCCI said in a statement. A special cell of the Delhi police arrested the three Rajasthan Royals players in Mumbai early Thursday for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad. All the three players have denied any wrongdoing through their lawyers.

The players, who have been suspended by the BCCI, have been brought to Delhi and charged under section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.A The BCCI has also asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani to investigate the scandal and submit a report in 30 days.

A top BCCI source indicated that the trio could be handed life bans if found guilty for spot-fixing to send out a strong message that corruption would not be tolerated.

The Board has also suspended first-class cricketer Amit Singh, who is allegedly a bookmaker now and was arrested along with 10 other bookies on Thursday. "Mr. Amit Singh, a registered player with the Gujarat Cricket Association, who has also been arrested by the Delhi Police, has been suspended by the BCCI, pending inquiry," the BCCI statement read.

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