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Justice Lodha quashes reports of IPL spot-fixing documents being stolen

There were reports in the media that thieves had broken into the office-cum-house of Supreme Court lawyer, Gopal Sankaranarayanan, who is the secretary to the Lodha Commission.

Cricketnext Staff |September 5, 2015, 12:25 PM IST
Justice Lodha quashes reports of IPL spot-fixing documents being stolen

Justice RM Lodha on Friday clarified that the reports of documents related to IPL spot-fixing getting stolen were false and all the papers related to it were safe. There were reports in the media that thieves had broken into the office-cum-house of Supreme Court lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan, the secretary to the Lodha Commission appointed by the Supreme Court.

"I am really shocked that the media is circulating such reports without verifying with me. All IPL-related papers are safe and no document of the committee has been stolen," Justice Lodha told the Hindustan Times.

Sankaranarayanan had filed a complaint with the Vasant Kunj (North) SHO about an incident of theft on August 19 but he didn't mention in the report exactly what papers were stolen from his office/house.

He had written in his complaint "I find from a perusal of the premises that certain very sensitive papers concerning a high-powered court committee have gone missing. Almost nothing else has been taken on immediate inspection and this is, therefore, very serious."

Justice Lodha told HT that besides working for this committee, Sankaranarayanan has also been assigned other tasks by the Supreme Court.

"What he told me was that his personal office had been burgled but he also informed that nothing relating to the IPL scam had gone missing," said Justice Lodha.

The Vasant Kunj (North) SHO, Virender Singh told HT "We had asked specifically from the complainant what sort of papers were stolen but he hasn't got back to us. There is no specific mention about the stolen property in the complaint."

The Supreme Court had constituted Lodha Committee to suggest the quantum of punishment against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ousted Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra and the two franchises.

CSK and RR were suspended in July from the cash-rich cricket league for two years for involvement in betting activities of their key officials Meiyappan and Kundra during the 2013 season.

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