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Nagpur ‘fix’ 
Day 2

Who is Robin Singh in Samuels tapes ?

The former Test player? No, says Maharashtra DGP P S Pasricha:

“The name of one Robin Singh has figured in the conversations between West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels and bookie Mukesh Kochar and police are trying to figure out whether he is the one who had played for India. We would have to examine if he is the cricketer Robin Singh hailing from West Indies who had played for India. The Nagpur Police Commissioner is inquiring into the matter. Don’t hype it so much”. Apart from Robin Singh, no name of any Indian cricketer has come up so far, Pasricha said.

‘No other cricketer involved’

Apart from Robin Singh, no name of any Indian cricketer has come up so far, Pasricha said.

The D-connection

Dawood: Playing ball?

Kochar is a well-known bookie suspected to be operating from Gurgaon (near Delhi). Kochar was in touch with Kamal Kishore Chaddha, who is believed to have done a lot of land deals for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s gang. A person said to be Chaddha spoke to a television channel in which he said he had known Kochar for a long time. He said Kochar was based in Dubai for 25 years and was in rice business.

ICC has to take action: Pawar

Pawar: Plays it safe

The Indian Cricket Board sought to distance itself from the scandal, saying it was for the ICC to take appropriate action. Reacting to the Nagpur Police disclosure that Samuels had links with a bookie, BCCI President Sharad Pawar said that the report on the incident has been forwarded to the game’s governing body. “It’s the responsibility of the ICC’’, he said.

At close of day, no FIR

Nagpur Police Commissioner S P S Yadav said their was no match-fixing, only betting... Commissioner of Nagpur Police SPS Yadav Police said it did not lodge an FIR against Samuels due to lack of sufficient evidence of match-fixing activity. The police also said that it did not have any information that any other West Indian cricketer had links with the bookie.

Elsewhere, a wash-out & 5 arrests

Unseasonal showers played spoilsport as the opening one-day match between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Garden in Nagpur. But the police was proactive and raided a betting den in Nagpur and arrested five persons for allegedly betting on the one-dayer. from a building on the Central Avenue Road in Gandhi Bagh, it seized cellphones, TV sets and other material. — PTI



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