RR to file FIR against 'trio'
Rajasthan Royals will file a criminal complaint against its three cricketers arrested for spot-fixing even as a rattled BCCI said it would follow the...
Rajasthan Royals will file a criminal complaint against its three cricketers arrested for spot-fixing even as a rattled BCCI said it would follow the rulebook before handing down punishment to the tainted trio, while unveiling measures to check corruption in the IPL. "We are advised the BCCI by itself cannot lodge an FIR. The franchise will do. We will go by the report of the disciplinary committee," he said. Addressing a crowded press conference after an emergent meeting of the Board's Working Committee, BCCI President N Srinivasan promised to take strongest possible action against the players if they are found guilty. "We also invited the Rajasthan Royals owners and management to attend the meeting and brief the Working Committee on this incident. We were informed that they intend to file a police complaint against the three players," Srinivasan said. "Everybody is innocent till proven guilty. The BCCI will not cover up for anybody but our actions must be fair. We will go through the process. If somebody is found guilty, we will act sternly," he added. "It (the inquiry) will be done very quickly, it is an internal inquiry, and we might need some information from the police. Rest is upto Mr Sawani but it will be quickly done. We have to observe all channels of natural justice. We have rules and BCCI's own system," he stressed. In a bid to check corruption, the BCCI chief said the Board will appoint anti-corruption officer with each of the IPL franchises along with a security officer to monitor players' movement. "If players are found guilty we won't hesitate to act ruthlessly." Srinivasan said the Board was not authorised to lodge a complaint against the players as they were contracted with the Rajasthan Royals.