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Azad terms CBI summoning of Srinivasan a nexus of political administrators

June 8, 2012 - New Delhi

With the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asking the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, N. Srinivasan, to appear before it in connection with a disproportionate assets case, former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad on Friday termed it a nexus of political administrators.

"I won't jump the gun because it's too early to say that. But, if you look at the prima facie you can see how they are misusing the administration. You can simply say that it is a nexus of political administrators especially the cricketers," he said.

To a question on whether the administrators' were using cricket to enhance their business prospects, Azad said: " Of course, there is no doubt, anybody would. If I had a company, I would like to advertise cricket matches. And there is nothing wrong about it. But then, I am simply saying it's nexus and how the offices of an administrator, especially cricket, using it for his own personal gain with a politician."

" I don't think money is got to do anything with cricket. The administration of BCCI is different, and what politicians do is all to together different. I am talking about offices that are being used and rather misused by these people," he added, when asked whether all this was taking place because of the huge amount of money floating in the game of cricket.

The CBI today summoned Srinivasan for questioning in connection with the disproportionate assets case against YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy. rinivasan has been summoned in his capacity as the Managing Director of India Cements Ltd.

The CBI wants Srinivasan to explain his firm's investments in Jagan's companies. The CBI believes that India Cements received benefits in the form of enhanced water allocations under the YSR regime, enabling it to double its production.

The development comes a day after a special CBI court granted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) access to certified copies of second and third chargesheets filed by the central agency in connection with the disproportionate assets case.

The ED, which has registered separate cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against Jagan, is also probing alleged contravention of foreign exchange rules in his financial transactions and investments.

The court had last month allowed the ED's petition seeking copies of the charge sheet and related documents (pertaining to the DA case) after it had taken cognisance of the first charge sheet.


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