Lalit Modi's attorney Mehmood Abdi appears before Justice Mukul Mudgal committee

Along with Mehmood Abdi, the Justice Mudgal committee also interacted with former Rajasthan Royals players Ajit Chandila and Siddharth Trivedi.

Updated: December 05, 2013 21:11 IST
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New Delhi: Banned former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi's attorney Mehmood Abdi on Thursday appeared before the Supreme court appointed committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, which is enquiring into the allegations of match-fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League.

The deposition of Abdi lasted for over an hour.

"In aid of the investigation, the Committee has asked me to provide certain additional inputs which I will provide shortly," said Abdi after his deposition.

According to a media release, he further added that he placed before the committee relevant material in support of his input statement filed before the committee.

As complex issues are involved a thorough investigation is required into the menace of the match fixing and severe curative measures are needed to fix the circumstances which create environment conducive for illegal and immoral activities like match/spot fixing.

Abdi expressed hope that Justice Mudgal Committee will surely meet the targets as set out by its reference of inquiry mandated by the Supreme Court.

Rajasthan Royals players, Ajit Chandila and Siddharth Trivedi, accused in the IPL VI spot-fixing and betting scandal, also appeared before the Justice Mudgal Probe Committee.

"The Committee on 5th December 2013 interacted with Mr Mehmood Abdi, constituted Attorney for Mr Lalit Modi, assisted by Mr Abhishek Singh, Advocate and Mr Sandeep Singh Hora, Advocate. The Committee also interacted with players Ajit Chandila and Siddharth Trivedi," BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said in a release issued on the directions of the Committee.

"The Committee on 4th December 2013 interacted with Ms Sharda Ugra, Senior Editor - ESPNcricinfo, officials of Delhi Police, Mr Pradeep Magazine, Senior Journalist, Hindustan Times and M Aniruddh Bahl, journalist," the release said.

The Committee will next meet in Mumbai on December 6, 7 and 8 and would interact with Mumbai Police, officials of ICC-ACSU, RTI activist Naresh Makwani and some others.

Former India pacer S Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, besides 26 others, were arrested in May following investigations by the Police into the scandal.

The Justice Mudgal Committee has already met Chandila's tainted teammates -- Sreesanth and Chavan -- who were handed life bans by the BCCI.

Trivedi has also been banned for one year by the BCCI. But the Board has not yet completed disciplinary proceedings against Chandila. His case is still pending with the BCCI and although he has been provisionally suspended, there is no ban yet on him.

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