No investigation on match fixing was ever carried out by the Chennai Police, noted the Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee report, which added that all the officers who were privy to the information on bookie Kitty (a) Uttam Jain, were immediately transferred from their positions.
Mudgal’s report further notes that the discrepancies in the investigation undertaken by the Chennai police are of ‘grave significance’ and there is a necessity for further probe. Kitty was arrested and interrogated in June last year after the whole match fixing scandal broke out last year.
In a section called ‘Role of Chennai Police’ in the exhaustive report, Mudgal noted that the Superintendent of Q branch CID appeared before them 15 days ago, and admitted that there was a file pertaining to their interrogation on Kitty. “The committee was assured that the file would be produced by 4 pm and the investigating officer would be present. No one appeared and no file was produced nor was there any communication,” it said.
Why that particular report is important is because a former Q branch SP had told the committee last May that Kitty had spoken about a match-fixing deal implicating an ‘important Indian player, Gurunath Meiyappan and hotelier Vikram Agarwal’. This has been termed ‘highly suspicious, leading to a ‘deliberate intention to cover up the match fixing deal allegedly arrived at on April 27’.