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No need to ban IPL: Rajeev Shukla

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice-President, Rajeev Shukla on Monday said there is no need to ban the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Addressing reporters outside Parliament, Shukla said the BCCI would discuss the issue after the finals on April 25.

"On all the demands and allegations, the IPL Governing Council is ready to discuss all the issues. The BCCI President has convened a meeting immediately after the final match of the IPL. It is believed that the meeting would take place on the next day of the final match," said Shukla.

Earlier on Monday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee assured Parliament that all financial aspects of the IPL will be probed, and none who are found guilty, will be spared by the law.

"Some honourable members in the morning raised issues of the IPL and wanted to have a thorough probe in all its aspects. In fact, the concerned department has already started the investigation process," Mukherjee informed.

"I can assure the honourable members that all aspects of IPL, including its source of funding, from where the funds were routed how it has been invested, all these aspects are being looked into, and the appropriate action as per law will be taken," he added.

Mukherjee assured the House that none of the guilty would be spared.

"No guilty or wrong doers will be spared," Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee's assurance came as Opposition members, demanding a probe into the alleged black money trail in the IPL, rocked proceedings of the Lok Sabha over the issue.

Monday's development came a day after Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and tendered his resignation over the Kochi IPL fiasco.

Dr Singh accepted the resignation and formally sent it to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. A late night release from the President's House confirmed the acceptance of the resignation.

Tharoor was reportedly in trouble after IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi tweeted to reveal that Sunanda Pushkar, a close associate of Tharoor, had been gifted sweat equity worth Rs 70 crores in the new Kochi team, which was sold for Rs 1530 crores last month.

Modi in his email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Shashank Manohar had stated it was Tharoor who called him and instructed him not to reveal the identities of the stakeholders of the Kochi IPL franchisee.

Tharoor, however, had denied this.

Tharoor said he had 'enough' of the controversy and denied securing any monetary interest in the Kochi IPL team. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, April 19, 2010, 20:09 [IST]
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