Back in the late 90’s match-fixing in cricket was at its pinnacle and former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin found himself in the middle of all this mess. After all these years, everything seems to have been brushed under the carpet, but Y. Laxminarayana and D. Guruva Reddy, president and secretary of TCA respectively, said that a delegation would soon meet Amit Shah and urge him to start a fresh CBI probe, according to a report in Deccan Chronicle.
“Azharuddin has never been acquitted of any of the charges relating to betting by any court in the country,” Guruva Reddy said, adding that the only “relief he got” from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court was the scrapping of a life-term ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“The HC order remained unchallenged. We will also urge the BCCI to renew the legal battle against Azhar,” Mr Guruva Reddy said.
The duo said that Azhar had accepted the charges.
“On further questioning, he (Azhar) accepted that Ajay Gupta and his associates had approached him sometime to fix matches. Azhar says he does not remember how much money he had received from them. The Pepsi Cup match between India and Pakistan at Jaipur in 1999 was fixed through them. Jadeja and Nayan Mongia were also involved with him in the deal. He was paid around `10 lakh after that match by some unknown person on behalf of the Guptas. Azhar admitted that Ameesh Gupta had given him a mobile phone, number 98111-50860, through which he used to contact him during matches,” the CBI report states.