IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh says no need to ban IPL

The Indian Premier League 2013 has been filled with controversies © Getty Images (Representation Photo)

New Delhi: May 24, 2013

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh on Friday said it would not be right to ban the Indian Premier League (IPL) in view of fresh revelations in the spot-fixing controversy, and promised to act tough against the guilty.

“If there is a problem somewhere, it does not mean the whole organisation should be shut. It will not be right as so many people in the country watch IPL. We need to clean it up,” he said.

Terming the scandal “unfortunate”, the minister said any official found guilty will be punished.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has come to light. The Delhi and Mumbai police are probing the case. Even if a senior official is found guilty, he will not be spared,” Singh said.

Rajasthan Royals cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and several others have been arrested for spot-fixing matches in the ongoing IPL 2013.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan has also come under attack after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, chief executive of Chennai Super Kings team, was summoned by the Mumbai police in connection with the spot-fixing scandal.

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