New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has found itself embroiled in yet another controversy after it cleared a one-time grant for a tainted player.
Former India cricketer Jacob Martin, who was arrested on the charges of human trafficking but was later released on bail, has been paid Rs 30 lakh by the BCCI.
Martin was arrested on April 27, 2011 after he allegedly formed a bogus cricket team and procured UK’s visa for one Nimesh Kumar through fraudulent means.
The BCCI, however, hasn’t given any money to the cricketers Ankeet Chavan, S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila – who were allegedly found involved in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. It is seen as BCCI’s attempt to see Martin’s offence through different glass.
In a list on the BCCI’s website, where the records related to the grants given to the former cricketers are present, Martin’s name appears at No. 118.
The money was given despite Delhi Court quashing Martin’s plea challenging the charges that were framed against him.
On December 1, the Additional Sessions Judge had dismissed Martin’s revision petition challenging the charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy laid against him by the magisterial court.
"Even if the documentary evidence has been weeded out as already discussed, the statements of aforesaid witnesses (of police) are enough to frame charge against the revisionist (Martin).”
“What is the worth of these statements, can only be seen during the trial,” Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar said.
"However, I am of the opinion that the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has rightly framed the charge against the revisionist and I find no infirmity in the impugned order and the charge," he said, while dismissing the cricketer’s plea.
The trial against Martin is still on the court.