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Indian media: Srinivasan likely to be reinstated as cricket chief

N. Srinivasan
Image caption Reports say N Srinivasan is like to return as the cricket board chief

Media are discussing N Srinivasan's possible return as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after an internal inquiry found no evidence of his team's involvement into alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) tournament.

Mr Srinivasan had "stepped aside" from his post in June after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested over allegations of betting in the IPL. Mr Meiyappan has since been released on bail.

The BCCI probe panel felt that Mr Meiyappan's arrest had no bearing on the involvement of India Cements, firm which owns the CSK team, or its managing director, Mr Srinivasan, The Hindu reports.

"The [inquiry] report mentioned that no concrete evidence was found against the CSK, the Rajasthan Royals, Mr Meiyappan and the Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra as far as their involvement in fixing was concerned," the treasurer of the board, Ravi Savant, told The Indian Express.

The Times of India feels "the decks have been cleared for Mr Srinivasan's return to the helm of the richest cricket body in the world".

"Mr Srinivasan could be reinstated as early as 2 August when the BCCI working committee meets in Delhi," says Cricketnext.com.

However, a separate inquiry, conducted by the Delhi and Mumbai police forces, into the spot-fixing allegations will continue, reports say.

Meanwhile, newspapers, including The Times of India, are reporting that the government will soon take a decision over creating a new state in the Telangana region of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

"Hyderabad (the capital of Andhra Pradesh) is likely to be a union territory for five years and will act as joint capital of the two states to be created out of the bifurcation of the present Andhra Pradesh… A proposal to this effect is going to be put up to the union cabinet before 5 August," the paper adds.

The state has seen protests for and against the proposal in recent years.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police on Sunday night allegedly shot dead a teenaged biker who was performing "dangerous stunts" on the capital's streets, The Hindu reports.

"Police said the bullet was aimed at the motorcycle's tyre to deflate it, but it accidentally hit Karan Pandey and Punit Sharma, both 19," the paper adds.

"Both of them were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohiya hospital, where Pandey was declared dead," The Times of India adds.

Tiger population boost

And in some good news for animal lovers, the population of tigers in the western state of Maharashtra is increasing, The Times of India reports.

"As per the latest data, the number of tigers in Maharashtra grew from 103 in 2006 to 168 in 2011," the paper says.

Meanwhile, travellers in the capital now have something to cheer with the New Delhi railway station being equipped with free wi-fi connectivity, reports say.

"New Delhi railway station, which handles about 300 trains and 500,000 passengers a day, will be the first wi-fi enabled station in the country to have such a modern facility like major international airports," the CNN IBN website reports.

Elsewhere, at least 35 UK families are awaiting justice for their loved ones who have died in India, The Indian Express reports.

"The families of UK nationals have been either waiting for arrest of the suspects or the toxicology reports. While India has been raising concerns over attacks on Indians abroad, the government is yet to conclude cases listed out by the UK government," the paper says.

And finally, Indian cricket team defeated hosts Zimbabwe by seven wickets on Sunday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, reports the Cricinfo website.

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